Monday, June 06, 2011
Olympic Cauldron relit for Canucks, viewing areas expanded
The outdoor viewing areas for the Stanley Cup Final in downtown Vancouver just got bigger and better. Due to the large turnout of fans watching the Canucks take on the Boston Bruins, the Granville location will be closed and relocated to Georgia Street. Two large screens and a much larger viewing area will be created to watch Game 3 beginning Monday, June 6 at 5 PM. Earlier in the day, the Olympic Cauldron will be re-lit at Jack Poole Plaza by BC Premier Christy Clarke at 3 PM.
Although the Granville location proved to be too small for the large crowds, Granville Street is expected to continued to be the unofficial celebration street after the game. Businesses are being encouraged to remove their street furniture and signage by the middle of the third period to accommodate large pedestrian crowds. Bus service is expected to be re-routed off Granville Street sometime on Monday in anticipation of game-time revelry.
The new Georgia Street viewing-screen locations will provide six lanes of road space as well as sidewalks, creating a safe family-viewing arena. Since Georgia has a slope, it will make for a better view of the 17 x 23 ft. screen that will be located in the intersection of Hamilton and Georgia. A second large screen will be positioned at Homer and Georgia.
The CBC Vancouver Fan Zone activities on Hamilton will continue with the CBC monitor and a second viewing screen showing the game. Click for more information about this and other locales for viewing. Vendors from Vancouver's street-food program will set up in the viewing areas; fans are invited to bring their own drinking water.
The Olympic Cauldron, seen here in January 2011, will be re-lit for the Canucks
Photo by Sue Frause