In case you haven't heard, there is a big game going on at Rogers Arena on Wednesday. It's only taken 17 years for the Vancouver Canucks once again to be so close to bringing the Stanley Cup home that fans across the province can almost taste victory. So if you haven't done so already during the series, make your way down to one of these venues to cheer on the Canucks. Win or lose, rain or shine, it is bound to be an unforgettable night.
Unsurprisingly, the most popular viewing location is CBC Plaza, so make sure you come early (read: 2 p.m.) to get blue and green war paint slathered on your face, grab some "Go Canucks Go" posters, and most importantly, stake out a million-dollar viewing spot in front of one of three jumbo screens. They will be set up at Georgia and Hamilton streets, Hamilton near Robson Street, and on the side of the CBC building. Street closing begins at noon. Entry points are at Homer Street at the Robson and Dunsmuir Street ends, Hamilton at Robson and near Dunsmuir, and Georgia at the Richards Street and Cambie Street ends.
The screen is noticeably smaller than those at CBC Plaza, and the sound is sometimes slightly obscured by traffic, but the lovely harbour view and a smaller crowd can still make for a cozy game-watching experience.
Those who want to avoid standing shoulder-to-shoulder with other fans outside can head to Vancity Theatre, where you can sit comfortably with a glass of cold beer or wine to watch the game. The best part? Free admission.
The sea of blue in front of the 12.5-by-20-foot screen at Surrey Central City Plaza on 102nd Avenue was 5,000-strong during Game 5 last Friday, so unless you want to be squinting at the screen from afar, come well before 4 p.m. (when the gates open). There will be live entertainment, prize giveaways and face painting.
Canucks fans in the Fraser Valley can head to the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre at 33800 King Road if a trip to downtown Vancouver is out of the question. This venue can hold up to 7,000 people, and a big-screen T.V. will be placed on centre ice. Admission and parking are free, and concession stands will be opened.
Win or lose, SkyTrains and buses in Vancouver will operate an hour later than usual, and extra buses will be on standby to accommodate heavier crowds. The last SkyTrain will depart from Waterfront station at 2:15 a.m. Portable fare boxes will be set up at King George, Stadium and Vancouver Centre stations so customers can buy a return ticket in advance and avoid the rush (tip: bring exact fare, as the boxes don't give change). The SeaBus will operate three ferries from 3:30 p.m. to 2:20 a.m.