British Columbia officials announced yesterday plans for a major renovation of the 25-year-old B.C. Place in advance of it hosting opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics. One item won’t be completed until after the Olympics: Installing a new roof, supported by “36 50-metre masts” – in American, that would presumably be 102 164-foot poles – to replace the fabric one that sprung a leak last year. (Presumably this would make B.C. Place no longer the world’s largest air-supported roofed stadium.)
Also not yet completed: a price tag for the project, which the Globe and Mail reports some projections have placed at $200 million. (In American, that’s $200 million.) David Podmore, chair of PavCo, the province-owned corporation that owns the stadium, says he expects to have firmer figures in about five months.