Why 2014?

15,000-seat Maple Leaf Gardens was constructed in 5 months and 2 weeks, for $1.5 million in 1931.

60,000-seat B.C. Place domed-stadium was designed and built in 10 months, for $120 million in 1982.

22,000-seat Hornet stadium in Sacramento (CFL spec) was built in 3 months for $1.5 million in 1991.

Of course, there's no way they could build those today, even with current mechanized construction methods and equipment, because...?

Cap'n, I have to disagree,

The BC Place renovation came in at $563M, it was originally quoted as $365M.
This did not include the $14M for the temp Stadium.
Giving a total of $577M, which was $212M over the original estimate
This was to replace the roof and upgrade some of the existing building.

Sounds like the previous home of the Atlanta Braves and Falcons, Fulton County Stadium was built in about a year:

Almost a year later, construction was completed on April 9, 1965 for $18 million, and on the same night the Milwaukee Braves and Detroit Tigers played an exhibition game in the stadium.

[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta-Fulton_County_Stadium]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta-Fu ... ty_Stadium[/url]

Generic looking stadium, the old bowl design that you rarely see any more, Rogers Centre being one of the few left I think albeit not as bowlish looking from the outside like Fulton:

...can you tell me where you found that info related to the time line? It simply can't be correct. What I'm finding is that construction alone took ~~2yrs. Design for a project that size would have taken upwards of a year.

Do you have a source?

A quick google gave me this

Officials say the $563-million BC Place renovation is on time and on budget.
[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/09/07/bc-place-renovation.html]http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-c ... ation.html[/url]
The centrepiece of the B.C. Place renovation is a $458-million retractable roof.

Podmore said the project is on time and on budget, but installing the cables for the roof is "technically a difficult project."

Braley said the move cost him about 1,600 season ticket holders a game and three major sponsors.

After several years of turning a profit, the Lions will be lucky to break even this year.

"We knew that was going to happen and we budgeted for it," Braley said.

"I didn't lose a lot of money. We have no idea at this point if we are going to be up $100,000 or down $100,000."

[url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/football/bc-place-to-be-gussied-up-in-time-for-2011-grey-cup/article1781720/]http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/f ... le1781720/[/url]

It appears their transition was well planned as was their stdaium update.

Hamilton's? Not even close.

Hi Cap'n

Here is info to the Original estimate for BC Place reno

[url=http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Olympics/2010Vancouver/2009/01/09/pf-7972821.html]http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Olympics/2010 ... 72821.html[/url]

VANCOUVER -- It will cost more than a third of a billion dollars to renovate B.C. Place Stadium.

The British Columbia government, through public relations agency Pace Group, announced in a Friday morning news release that it approved a $365 million budget, including contingencies, to renovate and re-roof the stadium that was opened in 1983 for $126 million.

And here is another link

[url=http://www.biv.com/article/20121115/BIV0112/121119977/-1/BIV/exclusive-bc-government-quietly-awards-telus-conciliatory-bc-place]http://www.biv.com/article/20121115/BIV ... y-bc-place[/url]

The renovation of the stadium was budgeted for $563 million, but in August the government said it cost taxpayers $514 million. The original, January 2009-announced budget was $365 million.

The BC government kept raiseing the budget every year until they got close and then patted themselves on the back for coming in under budget.
And by the way the BC government refused to sell the naming rights to anyone to help offset the cost.

I apologize for not providing the link in the original post, as I usually do.
I was just being lazy and really have no other excuse.
I will try to get better'
Because we all know,BETTER IS BETTER! :lol:

B.C. Place was fast-tracked right from the design stage. They starting pouring the concrete before they had even designed the interior of the stadium. I will try to include some links of B.C. Place's amazing construction story.

Even more amazing was the official $1.5 million price-tag for Sacramento Gold Miners Hornet stadium. I was there for the first game ever for a U.S. franchise vs. the Lions. They had over 20,000 fans for the game and the most fantastic tailgate party you could imagine, including rock band in bandstands and thousands of tailgaters. Don't let anyone tell you CFL tailgates are no good! Hornet Field was just 2 rickety 10,000-seat grandstand benches and some lawn seed. But the fans had a riot! That was by far the best CFL game I've ever been to. :thup:


Here is a link on the engineering and construction of BC Place in 1982

It took 26 months to build

[url=http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?id=s0000708]http://en.structurae.de/structures/data ... d=s0000708[/url]

thanks Grover...the design & construction schedule information in that link is far more consistent with what is typical in this industry for such a project type of that scale....3 years from design start to construction completion

They will have it done on time to have Friendlies for teams before the Pan Am games.

Also, Green Bay's and Chicago's stadiums were remodeled NOT built completely from scratch.

..that's what IO keeps saying. IO has also been claiming that many of their projects are getting completed in advance of the original date that was promised (in IWS2.0's case - July 1, 2014)......we'll see.