Vancouver, BC (February 12, 2020) – Today the B.C. Pavilion Corporation (PavCo) and Vancouver Convention Centre re-light the iconic Vancouver 2010 Cauldron to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
All are invited to join the Cauldron lighting ceremony today as former Canadian Olympic athletes and other special guests share their #2010Memories and celebrate the legacies from the Games. Join in the singing of the national anthem and wear red and white to honour the athletes, staff and volunteers who represented Canada in 2010 and those who continue to represent our country on the world’s biggest sports stage.
“The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games fostered a sense of spirit and pride that strengthened the bonds of our communities and united British Columbians from all backgrounds to cheer on our athletes and celebrate Canada,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture. “Looking forward, we’re continuing to build on B.C.’s reputation as one of the top sport hosting jurisdictions in the world and helping to reduce barriers and make sport accessible to all, including people who may have been inspired to get into sports by the 2010 Olympics.”
"Ten years later, the Cauldron continues to hold significant meaning to British Columbians and Canadians alike, carrying forward the spirit of the Games," said Ian Aikenhead, Q.C., Chair, B.C. Pavilion Corporation. "As we re-light the Cauldron for this important milestone, we recognize the tremendous achievements of our athletes as well as the lasting legacy of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games that have had such incredible impact on the city, province and country, and remain an inspiration for both visitors and our local community."
The event will begin with speakers taking the stage at approximately 8:45 AM which will be followed by the symbolic Cauldron lighting, sponsored in part by FortisBC .
Date and Time
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
8:45 AM – event to start
Prior to 9 AM until 11 AM – Cauldron to be lit
Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Place
“Canada truly came together 10 years ago to celebrate the Winter Olympic Games and Canadian Athletes. I had never seen anything quite like it, and being an athlete for Team Canada was an unbelievable experience that I won't soon forget. Between the streets full of people, watching hockey games, and the lasting legacies that still exist in Vancouver and my home in Whistler, the true Canadian pride shining through was incredible to see and to this day still benefits our athletes, locals and tourists,” said Mercedes Nicoll, Pro Snowboarder, Four-time Olympian for Team Canada.
Bringing over 250,000 visitors to the province and highlighting the welcoming spirit of its residents, the 2010 Games firmly established Vancouver as a premier global tourism and sport hosting destination. Locally, the Games led to the creation of over 2,500 full-time jobs, instigated significant improvements to our region's infrastructure, and inspired countless Canadian youth to take an interest in sport and culture.
A Cauldron lighting ceremony will be held on March 12, recognizing the 10th anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympics.
In addition, PavCo will mark the 10-year anniversary of the 2010 Games by lighting its venues in Canada’s colours. Specifically:
- At the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Cauldron and facility district markers will glow red and white for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games anniversary period.*
- BC Place will light up with Canada’s Flag on February 12, 16, 17, 18, 24 and 25 and March 12, 16, 18 and 19.
*with the exception of scheduled illuminations for events and community organizations.
The Convention Centre's West building, which also celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019, was the official host venue of the International Broadcast Centre for the Games. It has gone on to host nearly 6,000 events, welcome over 9 million guests from around the world and has generated over $2.4 billion in direct spending to the local economy. BC Place Stadium, home to both the opening and closing ceremonies for the Games, is Western Canada's premier venue for live events.
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