Apparently there’s a bit of confusion about Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain Station for the Olympic period, so here’s a post to hopefully sort things out. (This also might be helpful for those going to the opening ceremonies tonight.)
For those who don’t know, Stadium-Chinatown Station is the train station closest to B.C. Place and Canada Hockey Place, which means you may be using it if you are riding the Expo or Millennium Lines to a hockey game, a victory ceremony, or the opening or closing ceremonies.
Here’s the key points:
- Stadium Station is NOT closed during the Games!
- For events, we are asking people to exit on the Expo Blvd side, and enter through the Beatty St side, to keep the flow of passengers manageable.
Here are some diagrams to show how it works.
Arriving for events
If you arrive at Stadium Station and you’re going to an event in B.C. Place or Canada Hockey Place, please follow the signs and exit through the Expo Blvd entrance to get to your venue.
This is the Expo Blvd exit, in case you wanted to know what it looks like from the street!
Going home after your event
After your event, please enter Stadium SkyTrain station through the Beatty Street entrance.
Just one entrance is used after events to make sure the flow of passengers onto the platform can be managed. (You don’t want a huge number of passengers cramming themselves onto the platform from all directions—it could be quite chaotic and unsafe!)
To ensure you get into the station through the Beatty St entrance, the grille (the metal gate) at the Expo Blvd entrance will be sometimes be closed.
The Expo Blvd grille will definitely be closed shortly before the Opening and Closing ceremonies are over. And for hockey games, the grille will only be closed shortly before the end of the last hockey game of the day. (We can’t shut it after the earlier games, since multiple hockey games happen in a day and people will be arriving continually at the station to attend.)
As well, the grille at the Keefer Street entrance (toward International Village) will be closed after events let out, to encourage people to enter through the Beatty Street side.
And of course, the grilles at both entrances will be opened again once the queues are gone.
That’s it… if there are any questions, let me know!