Thunderbird Stadium

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Thunderbird Stadium
T-Bird
Ubc-Thunderbird-stadium.jpg
Full name David Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium
Location 6288 Stadium Road
University Endowment Lands
Coordinates 49°15′16″N 123°14′44″W / 49.2544°N 123.2455°W / 49.2544; -123.2455
Owner University of British Columbia
Operator Athletic Department of the University of British Columbia
Capacity 3,500 seats, 5,000 festival area
Surface PolyTan Turf
Construction
Opened October 7, 1967
Construction cost $1,236,188
Architect Vladimir Plavsic & Associates
Tenants
UBC Thunderbirds
Vancouver Nighthawks (2013-present)

Thunderbird Stadium is an outdoor stadium on the University Endowment Lands of British Columbia, west of Vancouver's city limits. It is used primarily for soccer and football by the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. It seats 3,500 in the main grandstand, and 5,000 grass seating on the west side and ends of the stadium. It was opened on October 7, 1967;[1] renovations since then include the replacement of a small number the original benches with fold-down seating directly below the press box.

The stadium features 12 80-foot high concrete support towers all topped with concrete thunderbird statues created by renown First Nations artist Bill Reid[2]

By using the surrounding grass embankment the facility can accommodate up to 8,500 spectators. The 1989 Shrum Bowl football game between the Thunderbirds and Simon Fraser University had the top football attendance, estimated at 8,700.

The facility is also used for Canadian Rugby international matches, and the B.C. High School Rugby Championships. In 2009, the stadium was used to host the Ireland national rugby union team playing against the Canada national rugby union team.[3]

Since 2006, the stadium has been used for Australian Rules Football matches, including the West Coast Challenge tournament, and in 2007 as the venue for Canada's international games against the United States and Japan which drew 2,500 spectators. In 2008, it became home to the Vancouver Cougars club.

The facility was also used for cultural events and rock festivals. It has hosted Ozzfest, Lilith Fair, Lollapalooza, Area:One Festival, Another Roadside Attraction and the Arts County Fair. There have also been individual concerts including "Midnight Oil/Hunters & Collectors/Art Bergmann" in 1991. Since 1995, Thunderbird Stadium has also been used for the Vans Warped Tour. Up to 25,000 have attended concerts and/or festivals at the stadium.

With the installation of artificial turf in 2010, concerts were no longer permitted at Thunderbird Stadium.

In 2013, the Vancouver Nighthawks, a professional ultimate team competing in Major League Ultimate, became tenants of Thunderbird Stadium. A total of five home games are expected to be played at Thunderbird Stadium for both the team and the league's inaugural season.

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