Three Cheers for the Roof!

October 25, 2009 at 6:29 am | Posted in Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium | 1 Comment

Whew!!! For a while there it looked as though we were going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  The Whitecaps, having been successful in their Major League Soccer bid, a bid which included a refurbished and re-roofed BC Place stadium, suddenly were in crisis mode when the BC Government announced it was having a second look at the BC Place roof project.  When the government first announced the new BC Place roof project, the economic bubble had not yet burst.  The Province’s coffers were full to bursting.   Then World markets collapsed and so did the Province’s coffers as the selling of BC resources practically ground to a halt.  The Government faced tough choices in how it would spend its money.  In an era of belt tightening, the new roof on BC Place began to look not only economically unjustifiable, but politically dangerous to boot.

While we are not out of the woods yet, Canada and BC look well situated to weather the Great Recession quite well, thank you very much.   While there are those who think spending so much money on the roof is a waste of money in desperate times, the new roof is necessary to maintain and renew a critical resource for BC and Vancouver.  We cannot let a symbol of our province crumble and fall into ruin.    Anyone who owns an asset knows that you must maintain it or else you end up spending even more money to replace it.

While there are those who look down their snobby noses on sports, the BC Lions and the Vancouver Whitecaps pull people out of their homes and give people an opportunity  enjoy the company of their fellow human beings in what are community gatherings.   The sense of community and pride which our sports teams provide are well worth the money being spent.

I commend the government for having the political courage to put a new roof on BC Place.   History will demonstrate that it was the right thing to do.


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  1. Well said! I can’t wait for opening day!

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