Despite the rumoured 30,000 capacity, it's only going to hold 27,500 (which, if the club gets off to a decent start, means that the Leos could become a hot ticket in town).
For the last 15 years I've been telling anyone who would listen that the team needs to be outdoors. Vancouver in the summertime - with its outdoor cafes, patios, and restaurants, not to mention unsurpassed recreational opportunites - is an "outdoor" town if there ever was one. Playing in a stuffy, sterile dome made zero sense (at least until October). Still, this is ONLY a stop-gap solution 'til the new retractable roof gets installed in the summer of 2011.
For $458 million we will get the best of both worlds: outdoors in the summer and covered roof in the fall. But for the life of me, I can't understand why Braley and his billionaire Whitecaps counterpart Greg Kerfoot couldn't have sat down and hammered out plans for a state-of-the art 35,000 outdoor stadium with covered stands that would serve both clubs.