Swangard Stadium

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Swangard Stadium
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 (GNAC) (1969–2007, 2014–2015)
Vancouver Riptide (AUDL) (2013–present)
TSS FC Rovers (PDL) [2] (2017-present)

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.[3][4] BC Premier W. A. C. Bennett officially named the stadium after Swangard at its opening on April 26, 1969.[5] Swangard was not present on the day of the opening, having been sent to start a newspaper in Nigeria.[6]

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 organization, 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 2013, the Vancouver Riptide, a professional ultimate team competing in American Ultimate Disc League, became tenants of Swangard Stadium.

In June 2014, Simon Fraser Clan announced that Swangard Stadium will be their football team's home field for the 2014 season.[7] The Clan returned to their campus again starting with the 2016 season.[8] Swangard Stadium is also used very frequently for track and field meets in the Lower Mainland.

In March 2015, the first Quidditch Canada National Championship took place at Swangaurd Stadium.[9]

The TSS FC Rover of the Premier Development League will play their home soccer games at Swangard Stadium in 2017. They will play in the Northwest Division.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Swangard Stadium – Home of your Whitecaps". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Archived from the original on April 11, 2009. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  2. ^ Staff, PDL (January 10, 2017). "TSS FC Rovers Acquire PDL Franchise". Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ "The History of Metropolitan Vancouver – 1969 Chronology". Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ "O.B.C. Biography – Erwin Michael Swangard". Government of British Columbia. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Official Report of Debates of the Legislative Assembly". Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Swangard Stadium". Vancouver Yellow Pages. May 15, 2009. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Clan football returning to Swangard Stadium this fall". Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ Province, The; Sports; University; Share Clan football set to return to SFU campus, new stadium project could be complete by 2017 Tumblr Pinterest Google Plus Reddit LinkedIn Email; Tumblr; Pinterest; Plus, Google; Reddit; LinkedIn; Email; season, Vancouver CanucksIain MacIntyre: Sedins take one for the team after poor; Canucks, Vancouver CanucksJason Botchford: Pressure's on Horvat to lead rebuilding; plan?, Vancouver CanucksEd Willes: Why would Canucks faithful believe in rebuilding (April 17, 2016). "Clan football set to return to SFU campus, new stadium project could be complete by 2017". Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Quidditch Canada National Championship at Swangard Stadium this weekend". March 23, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  10. ^ Staff, PDL (January 10, 2017). "TSS FC Rovers Acquire PDL Franchise". Retrieved April 12, 2017. 

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