Swangard Stadium

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Swangard Stadium
Whitecaps Arena
Swangard stadium Burnaby.jpg
Location 3883 Imperial Street,
Burnaby, BC, Canada
Coordinates 49°13′51″N 123°01′17″W / 49.23083°N 123.02139°W / 49.23083; -123.02139Coordinates: 49°13′51″N 123°01′17″W / 49.23083°N 123.02139°W / 49.23083; -123.02139
Owner City of Burnaby
Capacity 5,288[1]
Field size 115x75 yds (soccer)
150x65 yds (Canadian football)
Surface Natural grass
Opened 1969
Tenants
Vancouver 86ers (1987–2000), Whitecaps (2001–2010):
(CSL) (1987–1992), (APSL) (1993–1996), (USL) (1997–2009), (NASL) (2010)
Simon Fraser University Clan (1969–2007, 2014-)

Swangard Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Central Park in Burnaby, British Columbia. Primarily used for soccer, Rugby, football, and athletics, the stadium also used to be home to the Simon Fraser Clan football team and the Vancouver Whitecaps while they were in the Canadian Soccer League (CSL) and various US-based Division 2 leagues. It opened on April 26, 1969,[1] and has a capacity of 5,288.[1]

History[edit]

In 1969, Vancouver Sun sports journalist Erwin Swangard raised nearly $1 million for the construction of an athletic stadium in Central Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.[2][3] BC Premier W. A. C. Bennett officially named the stadium after Swangard at its opening on April 26, 1969.[4] Swangard was not present on the day of the opening, however, having been sent to start a newspaper in Nigeria.[5]

Sports[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps[edit]

The city of Vancouver launched a professional soccer team in 1986, named the Vancouver 86ers (now known as the Whitecaps). The Canadian Soccer League (CSL) club began playing in 1987 and made Swangard Stadium their home pitch. The stadium served its last season as the Whitecaps' home in 2010, as the club joined Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2011. As Swangard does not meet MLS standards for capacity, the City of Burnaby initially proposed to keep the team in Burnaby by renovating the stadium and expanding its capacity to 20,000 seats. This plan, however, fell through, and the Whitecaps eventually decided they wanted to move to a new, larger soccer-specific home at the Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium. Currently the Whitecaps are playing at BC Place Stadium and president of the organisation, Bob Lenarduzzi has stated the club intends to stay at BC Place for the time being and plans for a new stadium are all on hold.

International events[edit]

The stadium's capacity was temporarily increased to 10,000 for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. In the past, it has hosted home games for the Canadian men's and women's soccer teams in Olympic and World Cup qualifying. In some cases, crowds in excess of 10,000 have witnessed games, with many of the fans standing. Swangard has also been the host stadium of the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship.

Other events[edit]

In June 2014, Simon Fraser Clan announced that Swangard Stadium will be their football team's home field for the 2014 season.[6] Swangard Stadium is also used very frequently for track and field meets in the Lower Mainland.

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