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New roof can’t close in rain: B.C. Place GM

B.C. Place’s new half-billion-dollar retractable roof will not be able to close in the rain, said Howard Crosley, the stadium’s general manager.

B.C. Place’s new half-billion-dollar retractable roof will not be able to close in the rain, said Howard Crosley, the stadium’s general manager.

The public was not informed, he said, because he did not consider the issue to be a problem.

“The decision of whether the roof will be open or closed will be made in advance based on weather reports,” he said, adding that B.C. Place staff would be able to close the roof with about 20 minutes’ notice before the rain came.

If the fabric roof were opened or closed in the rain, water would collect in its folds, accumulating weight that could tear it, Crosley explained.

Crosley maintained this type of retractable roof is the best option based on the pre-existing structure of B.C. Place, which was not originally designed to support a full retractable roof.

“The only thing that’s going to be affected (by rain) is the players on the field,” said Crosley, “And they’re used to playing in open-air stadiums.”

 
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