Updated March 15, 2018 12:13:24In its first year in existence, the NHL has hosted the Stanley Cup Finals in a brand-new arena in downtown Vancouver, the BC Place.
The arena, which opened in February 2019, was constructed to accommodate the Stanley Championship, the league’s annual all-star game.
It was the first time in NHL history that the league has held a major sporting event at the BC Plaza, home of the BC Lions hockey team.
While the arena was originally billed as a venue for the NHL’s first All-Star Game, it is now used to host the Stanley Championships as well as regular-season games and the Stanley Memorial Cup finals.
The NHL is currently in the process of expanding the venue to host an NHL All-star Game in 2021.
The new arena will be a part of the larger BC Place project, which includes the BC Sports and Entertainment Centre, BC Place Stadium, the arena itself and a new hotel, as well.
“We’re really excited about it,” said Vancouver Canucks owner Mike Gillis, who purchased the franchise in 2014.
“We’re thrilled with the location.
We’ve always said it was going to be a huge asset for us.
I’m looking forward to this arena.
We’re thrilled it’s coming to BC Place.”
The BC Place Arena has been in the works for a while, with plans in place for it to open in 2020.
The new venue is expected to open as early as 2019, when the NHL is scheduled to host its first All in the Family game in Vancouver.
The Stanley Cup Final will be played on BC Place in 2021, and Gillis and Canucks owner Jeremy Jacobs have been vocal in their support of the arena’s renovation, as it has been a long-time fan favorite.
“This is the perfect home for the Stanley Finals,” said Jacobs, whose Canucks play the Boston Bruins in the tournament’s first round on Jan. 2.
“This is a big win for BC Place, for the city and for the fans.”
The NHL announced that the Stanley championship series will return to BC for the first and only time in 2019, with the team hosting the 2017 Stanley Cup final in Vancouver’s BC Place and a game against the Anaheim Ducks in 2018.
The NHL also announced that it is moving the 2017 All-Stars game from Boston’s TD Garden to the BMO Centre in Toronto.
The 2018 and 2019 playoffs will be broadcast live on CBC Sports Network, while the 2021 NHL All Star Game will be held at the B.C. Place stadium in Vancouver with the game featuring Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby on Dec. 12, 2021.