VANCOUVER — For the past two months, the world of sports has been turned on its head when Vancouver’s premier-designate, John Horgan, announced a series of sports meet announcements in an effort to revitalize the city’s sports landscape.
On Tuesday, the city of Vancouver announced that the next four-day sports meet will take place in downtown Vancouver.
The Vancouver Sports Authority, the group responsible for the citys major sports venues, said it would also host a special sports day at the VSA’s Vancouver Centre on Aug. 30, the day after the Vancouver Winter Classic.
That event will feature the Canadian men’s hockey team and a mixed martial arts bout that will be streamed live on Facebook Live.
Vancouver’s next four days will also see the city roll out the Vancouver Sports Centre, a new facility in the city that will house several new events for the next several months.
On Aug. 31, the City of Vancouver will unveil its new stadium, and on Sept. 1, it will unveil the new home of the Canucks.
The city is also expected to unveil a new team name for the 2018-19 season, with the new name likely to be “the Canucks.”
In a press release announcing the announcement, the VTA said it hoped to draw in “an unprecedented number of people” for the new events and “enhance the city as a hub for sporting and entertainment excellence.”
On the first day of the event, the Vancouver Olympic Committee and the Vancouver Canucks will host a “celebration of sport” in the downtown core.
The event will include a ceremonial dunk and a live band performance, and the crowd will be able to buy tickets for a ticket lottery, the release said.
The Vancouver Canucks have also announced that on Sept 13, they will hold their first-ever home games at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, as well as a first-time appearance by the Vancouver Marlies at BC Place.
The Marlies are the team of former Canucks’ players Matt Hendrickson, Jake Virtanen and Michael Dal Colle.
The announcement of the events came as a surprise, given that the city has been hosting the Winter Classic every two years since it opened in 2004.
But the events have been overshadowed by the NHL lockout, which has forced the league to suspend games and shut down its offices in the nation’s capital.
The Canucks were in the process of deciding whether or not to schedule a season opener at the new Rogers Arena.
The team had been trying to reach a deal with Rogers Sportsnet to bring back the event for two seasons, but the league ultimately pulled the plug on the plan after the NHL and its players association balked at a three-year deal worth $1 billion that would have included a new $1.25 million-per-year television deal.
Vancouver was supposed to host the Winter Challenge in 2019.
Since the NHL is not involved in the event any more, the Canucks have been looking at other venues for the Winter Championship, which will be held in Calgary in 2020.
But while Vancouver has hosted the Winter Championships every year since 2002, the league decided to hold it in Calgary for one more season.VANCOUVE, B.C. — The Vancouver Olympic Club announced that it will host the 2018 Winter Classic on Aug 26, 2020, at BC Stadium.
Vancouver is hosting the 2018 Vancouver Winter Championship in 2019, which is being held at BC’s Rogers Arena, located in the Downtown Eastside, on the first and only day of each year.
The Winter Classic will be the first time Vancouver will host such an event, with four-time Olympic champion skater and Olympic gold medalist Evgeny Petroski serving as the event’s ceremonial dunk champion.
More than 100 people will be in attendance at the event and will be given priority seating in sections of the stadium that are reserved for people who are eligible to participate in the Winter Sports Challenge and/or the Winter Olympics.
A special, premium seating area will be available in section 115, which includes the Olympic Centre, the home of Vancouver’s BC Place stadium.VICTORIA — VANCOM-VICTORS, VANCOM– VICTORY BAY, BEDFORD, Ont.– In what is likely a final attempt to lure away a portion of the sports fan base that has long been alienated from the NHL, the NHL announced Tuesday that it is opening the 2018 World Cup of Hockey, the biggest of its kind in North America.
It is the second consecutive year that the NHL will host its Winter Classic in the Vancouver area, with both events scheduled for the same dates in 2018.
The first NHL Winter Classic, held in 2012 in Chicago, was the first of its type in North American sports history, drawing more than 80,000 fans for two nights of hockey, basketball, volleyball, and basketball action.
This year’s event will be played at BC Park