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Shaded Seats at BC Place

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BC Place is a multi-purpose stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. It serves as the home field for Vancouver Whitecaps FC of MLS and the BC Lions of the CFL. Vancouver’s climate is mild by Canadian standards and summers bring warm and sunny days with late sunsets. The retractable roof at BC Place offers fans some flexibility, yet those attending events should still use this guide along with the stadium’s seating chart to find the best shaded seats at BC Place.

Where are the seats in the shade and sun at BC Place?

Typically, shaded seats at BC Place are situated:

  • Along the north sideline
  • Behind the west goal line
  • In the 400-levels under the roof

Conversely, seats in the sun are predominantly found:

  • 200-level on the south sideline
  • 200-level behind the east goal line

Games at BC Place usually kick off in the evening, but mid-day and early afternoon matches are mixed into the schedule too. Vancouver’s northern and western location means it has one of the latest sunsets of major North American cities, so even many evening games in the summer will take place mostly during daylight hours.

BC Place Orientation to the Sun

The stadium’s northeast-to-southwest orientation means the sun spends most of the day above the southwest goal line and behind the northwest side of the stadium. The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st.

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing site for the Whitecaps and BC Lions. It is also where you can buy Verified Resale tickets. Season ticket holders may also list unused seats on SeatGeek and Stubhub so consider checking all for prices and availability.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Afternoon BC Place Matches

BC Place features an oval-shaped design with seating encircling the field and a retractable roof supported by cables. Similar to the stadium in Atlanta, its roof design allows sunlight to pass through the center, while the opaque roof around the perimeter shades the seats underneath.

Most seats at BC Place are shaded. Sun exposure is primarily in the lower 200-level behind the east goal line and on the lower-level south sideline. The roof’s ocular opening means only a limited number of sections are in the sun’s path at any given time. For example, a section may start the game in the sun, but by the end, a different section may be sunlit. Specifically, sections 222-241 can all experience sun exposure at some point during the game but they won’t all be in the sun at the same time.

For shaded seating, almost all seats in the upper 400-level are shaded early in the day, thanks to the roof. However, not all events open the upper-level, and some fans prefer closer seats. In such cases, sections 201-219 and 250-254 are positioned so that they are not affected by sunlight through the roof.

Afternoon shadows on the stands at BC Place

The roof provides sun protection for a majority of sections at BC Place but during the afternoon sun can sneak through the opening and hit seats on the north and east side of the stadium.
Credit: BC Place by Nicki Dugan Pogue (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Evening BC Place Matches

In the evening, the north and west sides of the stadium remain the best options for shade. However, as the sun lowers in the sky, beams of sunlight can reach the upper-level. For evening games, sections 228-240 and 428-440 require caution, as fans here may find the sun directly in their eyes for part of the game.

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