Guys, it's official! THE LIONS ARE IN 1ST PLACE! Not tied for first place. IN FIRST PLACE......well at least until 1PM [pst time] when Calgary meets Saskatchewan. Should Calgary win then the Lions go to second spot.
The new digs look good with some great state of the art technology providing incredible visuals. Seats are cushioned and comfortable except for the very short arm rests. They might as well not have arm rests. Yep, there are cup holders, but not where I thought they'd be. They're not on the arm rests like you see at Silver City Imax theatres. They're attached to the row in front of you near the bottom of the seat's back. At least there will be less spillage of drinks.
The "jumbo tron" HD screen suspended above in center field is massive. Simple massive! In fact at times it became a distraction because you ended up watching the play on the screen rather than down on the field. But the HD is really brilliant and exceptionally clear. It is far superior to old replay screen. They opened the roof just before the game and it took all of 10 minutes to completely open. Actually it looks quite nice opened. From what I can tell they'll be able to open the roof or close it at a moment's notice.... unless closing it is more complicated. It was actually cool in the stadium with the roof in the opened up position. Pleasantly cool.
Exiting the stadium was a breeze compared to the way it used to be. No pun intended. If you ever left B.C. Place before you'll understand what I mean.
Aesthetically, the stadium looks great. Are all the bells and whistles and the new retractable roof worth $560 million? Quite frankly I enjoyed the game in the old B.C. Place equally. I was certainly impressed, I'll admit but the bells and whisltes are novel and I'm not sure they add enough to the enjoyment of what is going on down on the field to justify over one-half billion dollars. The place is definitely more appealing, cleaner and a whole lot more fun to be in. What I'm not impressed with is how much high tech stuff there is to inundate you with advertising. It is similar to what you see at Rogers Arena. Advertising is necessary but saturation is not. It would be nice to see a happy balance but I don't think we will.