Vancouver’s Olympic Cauldron to be lit from 8pm to 10pm on February 12, 2014

Vancouver’s Olympic Cauldron will be lit tonight in celebration of the fourth anniversary of the opening of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and to celebrate the tremendous success Canadian athletes have had so far at the Games in Sochi.

The Cauldron, situated on Jack Poole Plaza, is also due to be lit from 6 pm to 8 pm every evening that Team Canada wins a gold medal, as well as the evening of the Closing Ceremonies.

President & CEO of BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo) Ken Cretney said: “The strength of feeling towards the Cauldron shows just how strong the Olympic spirit is in our province.”

The cost of lighting the Olympic Cauldron for the duration of the 2014 Games would have been in excess of $200,000. In addition to the substantial cost, the Olympic Committee protocol indicates that during the Games, the Cauldron lighting cannot have any commercial association.

The lighting of the Cauldron has now been made possible through anonymous donation by private sector companies. Depending on the amount of funding that PavCo is able to secure, PavCo will aim to light the Cauldron for two hours at 6 pm every evening that Team Canada wins a gold medal, as well as the evening of the Closing Ceremonies.

Any private companies wishing to make a donation to support the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron should contact Kate Hunter, Director, Communications & Stakeholder Relations at 604 484 5220 or email khunter@bcpavco.com.