Saturday, October 24, 2009

$500M for a Retractable Roof?

It has come to my attention recently that the new retractable roof that is being planned to go on BC Place stadium is going to cost near $500,000,000.

Am I the only one who thinks that this is slightly ridiculous? Actually, you might even call me outraged.

A retractable roof will be amazing, yes, and it will certainly improve the enjoyment levels of all those die-hard fans out there, but just look at that huge budget!

Vancouver has starving people on its streets, is suffering from the bad economy, and people won't stop talking about how quickly our planet is dying due to our environmental stupidness. Through all these faults and problems, we can somehow afford the $500 million to spend on extravagance??
If you want extravagance, you can always go to Las Vegas, Dubai, Paris, etc...why does Vancouver want to become the same as those places? For tourists or other people coming to Vancouver, they should be able to capture the real essence of our community, one that has spirit and individuality. Not one that has streets laced with poor people but a retractable roof sitting on a stadium and looking like $500 million!

Maybe I am overreacting, or being too opinionated, but I think not. Let me know what you think.

I think that whoever decided this roof would be a good idea needs to get a serious reality check...
Come on guys, sort out your priorities!!


  1. Is it 500 mill? I thought it was less than that. I think the idea is a good idea, but where the money comes from is what I'm really concerned about too.

    And yeah! Vancouver should keep its essence as a modern yet down-to-earth kind of city.

  2. Um. Yeah!! And the tearing down of the public housing on main st. just to build a parking lot? I'm sure the well being of a mechanical toy is important and all, but is it really more of a priority? Stay tuned, cause we'll soon find out. Hey, maybe some of the homeless people can stay under that fun retractable roof for a while.


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