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Pacific Coliseum

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View of the outside of Pacific Coliseum

Pacific Coliseum is an multi-use arena located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The arena does not have a permanent tenant. The arena used to serves as the home for the Vancouver Canucks of the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Vancouver Nats of the Western Hockey League (WHL), Vancouver Blazers of the World Hockey Association (WHA), and the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

They first started to build the stadium in 1966. The arena opened on January 8, 1968 and the first event were the Ice Capades.[1] The Canucks had their first game in the arena on October 9, 1970. In their first game, they were defeated by the Los Angeles Kings 3–1.[2] The Canucks would play their final game in the arena on May 27, 1995. They would be defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks 4–3 in overtime in the Western Conference Semifinals and be swept out of the 1995 Stanley Cup playoffs.[3] The Canucks would move to the newly-built General Motors Place the next season.

Ever since the arena opened, it has never had an official corporate sponsor.

On May 1, 1972, a boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Chuvalo for the NABF heavyweight title would take place. Ali would win by unanimous decision.[4] On September 8, 1972, the fourth game of the Summit Series was held in the arena. Fans would boo after Canada lost to the Soviet Union 5–3. Phil Esposito was disappointed in hearing the boos and said they didn't deserve to be booed.[5]

On August 13, 2000, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) held their New Blood Rising pay-per-view at the arena.[6] WWF hosted many shows at the arena including an episode of their weekly television show Monday Night Raw on August 4, 2003.[7]

During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Pacific Coliseum was used figure skating and short-track speed skating events.[8]


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  1. "Pacific Coliseum at 50: The Rink on Renfrew in photos". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved December 4, 2023.
  2. "That 70's Show: A look back at the Vancouver Canucks' very first game". Global News. Retrieved December 4, 2023.
  3. "PNE: 100 fun facts". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved December 4, 2023.
  4. "Remembering Muhammad Ali's 1972 fight with George Chuvalo in Vancouver". Global News. Retrieved December 4, 2023.
  5. "Summit Series: Russians outclass Canada, Esposito fumes". CBC Sports. Retrieved December 4, 2023.
  6. "WCW August Calendar". World Championship Wrestling. Archived from the original on August 18, 2000. Retrieved December 4, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  7. "20 YRS AGO – WWE Raw Report (8-4-2003): Keller's report on show headlined with Bischoff vs. Shane McMahon, Flair vs. Goldberg, plus RVD, Trish, Jericho, Christian". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved December 4, 2023.
  8. "Pacific Coliseum greets dawn of next half-century without marquee tenant". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved December 4, 2023.

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