In 2015, the Lions returned to only offering tickets in the lower bowl, with the upper deck screened off with a fabric that extends from the edge of the deck to the suspended roof.
Construction to replace the BC Place Stadium’s signature inflatable dome, which opened in 1983, with a suspended retractable roof began after the 2010 Winter Olympics and was completed in time for the Lions to host the 2011 Grey Cup. The stadium re-opened on Sept. 30, 2011 when the Lions hosted the Eskimos. The stadium will remained a construction zone for about another month as the finishing touches are put on the stadium. Besides the new retractable roof, the refurbished stadium includes a new video scoreboard, new seats, a new field surface, fresh air circulation and improved cosmetics and amenities. The stadium unveiling received rave reviews.
The Lions played 2010 and six games in 2011 in a temporary 27,500 seat facility on the site of the old Empire Stadium while BC Place Stadium underwent an upgrade. Empire Field used a rubber-filled artificial turf system, although a natural grass field was installed for two Vancouver Whitecaps games in July, 2011. The turf was removed, much to the Lions liking, before the football club played their home game July 22.
Article Nov 2010: Cross Canada Stadium Round Up
Link June 2010: Empire Field Revealed
Link May 2010: BC Place Prepared for New Roof
Link Apr 2010: New Empire Takes Shape
Link Dec 2009: Lions to Play on Empire Site in 2010 Official
Link Oct 2009: BC Place to get new roof; Lions to play elsewhere in 2010
Link Aug 2009: Empire destination for Lions?
Link Jun 2009: Lions to be Punted from BC Place
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