Here’s What Vancouver FC’s Stadium Will Look Like
Just hours after Vancouver FC teased its modular stadium set to be built at Willoughby Community Park, the club has given fans their first look at what the pieces will look like put together – along with some important stats, too.
This afternoon saw the club post a sneak preview of the planned stadium, where the Canadian Premier League expansion side will kick off its first home game on May 7 against Cavalry FC:
The soccer-specific stadium will host a capacity of 6,560 fans, with its modular nature leaving potential for further expansion and amenities.
From what we can see in the image above, nearly every seat in the stadium will be without coverings, so fans should get ready to embrace the west coast weather all season long. The east grandstand will host the Cabana Club, while VIP dining and tunnel club experiences will call the west grandstand home. The south end will host the supporters’ group, smartly opposite of the designated family zone in the north.
There’s also an attached outdoor seating area giving ample room for food vendors and merch tents, too.
Vancouver FC President Rob Friend had long ago reveal that his club’s stadium plans have been more-or-less finalized for well over a year now, with the modular nature of the build allowing them to sort out most of the details before they’d even planted their flag in Langley.
With the shipping containers housing the stadium’s modular pieces having arrived on Wednesday, the club is in the midst of laying the concrete foundations and site services that will support Vancouver FC’s home ground.
The company behind Vancouver FC, SixFive Sports and Entertainments, also happen to operate a modular stadium supplier named SixFive Stadiums, with their Langley home ground set to be a great in-house test for their business model.
The design of Langley’s first soccer-specific stadium is based on Empire Field, a temporary football stadium that resided in Hastings Park from 2010-2011.
“The modular stadium system dramatically reduces onsite construction time and allows municipalities to create professional and intimate soccer-specific venues for a fraction of the budget typically spent on arenas and concrete stadiums,” said Dean Shillington, the ownership group’s managing partner.
With the Vancouver FC roster and preseason taking shape, it’s been a great week for the newest CPL side on the block.
While Vancouver FC will launch this year, there are other expansion sides who have released concept art for their own proposed stadiums too: Saskatchewan’s stadium shows plenty of landscaping ambition, while Windsor has plans to refresh Windsor Stadium.