Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Place Stadium along False Creek

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Vancouver's main sports arena is home to two professional teams: the BC Lions Canadian Football League team and the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team. Also used for international rugby sevens tournaments, major rock concerts and a wide array of consumer shows, the renovated stadium – with its huge, crown-like retractable roof – also hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Check the website to see what's coming up at the stadium. And save time to check out the BC Sports Hall of Fame & Museum at Gate A.

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