General Motors Place
After my visit to Vancouver I didn´t have any problems understanding why this city had
been voted as the city with the highest living quality on earth in a recent survey.
Vancouver is plain simply a dream and definetly worth a visit even outside the
hockey-season. There is so much to see that it´s almost impossible to give a right
impression with words only but one should definetly visit the Granville Market on
Granville Island where one can try the cuisine of basically all nations one could imagine.
Just as exciting is a trip to the quarter of Gastown or the Chinatown of Vancouver. The
same can be said about the downtown area with the famous Robson Street and the Stanley
Park, and just a short ride (2 hours) by car one of the best winter-sports areas of the
world is located near to the city (Whistler Mountain). Another highlight for nature lovers
is also Vancouer Island, a 1 ½ hour boat-ride removed from Vancouver.
But back to the main topic of this article now, the General Motors Place, home of the
Vancouver Canucks. Just as the city the arena is wonderful and seats up to 18.422 for
hockey-games. The arena is located rathe central between Downtown, Gastown and Chinatown
and parking spaces are available in a sufficient number. The concourses and lobbies of the
arena are also very wide, so that there isn´t the typical crowd-jam between periods or
after the game, a great feature one would like to see in more modern sports-arenas
throughout the league.
The view even from the cheaper seats in the upper level is rather good and the atmosphere
has to be described as fantastic. Even for games during the week against no-name opponents
only very few seats remain empty and one definetly gets goose bumps during the singing of
the national anthems when 18.000 fans sing along.
I went to a game against the lowly Minnesota Wild during my stay and even when the
visitors jumped ahead 3:0 early in the game the fans never quit on their team and kept on
pushing the Canucks back into the game. When the Canucks finally tied the game at 3 late
during regulation time the wave made several rounds through the arena and the atmosphere
was incredible, especially when one compares it to the rather dull atmosphere I have
experienced in Calgary or at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Canucks lost the game
3:4 in overtime in the end but the atmosphere was just as good or even better during a
game against the Detroit Red Wings (3:4) and the St. Louis Blues (3:2 OT in favor of the
Ticket-prices are also very fan-friendly in Vancouver and the most expensive seats sell
for about 100 canadien dollars which is rather cheap when one compares it with Madison
Square Garden in New York or other US-arenas where a 100 dollars ticket is in some cases
not even the most expensive seat you can get. In addition to that 100 US-dollars are a lot
more than 100 canadien
dollars due to the exchange rates.
All in all I would like to state that Vancouver is definetly always worth a visit and has
a lot more to offer than only a game of the Canucks at the General Motors Place.
Directions to the arena:
From the Fraser Valley
Follow Highway #1 west. Take the 1st Avenue exit and follow 1st Avenue until you reach
Quebec Street. Turn right on Quebec Street and follow it until the road forks. Take the
left fork onto Expo Blvd.
From Horseshoe Bay/West Vancouver
Follow Highway #99 south. Take the Taylor Way exit and follow south. Turn left on Marine
Drive. Take exit for the Lions Gate Bridge and travel through Stanley Park and follow
Georgia Street through downtown to the stadium.
Follow Highway #17 north until you intersect Highway #99. Follow Highway #99 north and
cross over the Oak Street Bridge. Follow Oak Street north until you reach 49th Avenue.
Turn right on 49th Avenue and left on Cambie Street. Follow Cambie Street over the Cambie
Street Bridge and take the first exit onto Pacific Blvd.
From Peace Portal Border Crossing
Follow Highway #99 north. Cross over the Oak Street Bridge and follow Oak Street north
until you reach 49th Avenue. Turn right on 49th Avenue and then turn left onto Cambie
Street. Follow Cambie Street over the Cambie Street Bridge and take the first exit onto
Using Public Transit
The building is easily accessible by public transit and the Stadium Skytrain station. The
building is also within a 15 minute walk of more than 14,000 parking spots. This includes
our own underground parking Lot 987, entered off Griffiths Way on the west side of the
Parking is conveniently located at various Impark lots surrounding our facility.
Disability parking is available in Lot 314 located off of Expo Boulevard, on the West side
of the Stadium Skytrain station, Lot 315 located off of Carroll Street, one block East of
General Motors Place, and Lot 946, the International Village parking. We also have
disabled parking spaces for vehicles under 6'6" high in the underground Lot 987 of
General Motors Place. If you would like to reserve disabled parking underground, please
call our Guests with Disabilities Hotline at(604) 899-7445 for more information.
Seating-chart of the arena:
Seating-chart of the arena provided by www.eishockey.com.
Links to the team:
www.canucks.com (official homepage of
www.ticketmaster.ca (Ticketmaster Canada)