British Columbia

B.C. Place's reopening marred by leaking roof

Vancouver's B.C. Place stadium opened its doors Tuesday for the first event since its roof collapsed on Jan. 5 — but visitors still had to dodge water leaking through the fabric dome.

Vancouver's B.C. Place stadium opened its doors Tuesday for the first event since its roof collapsed on Jan. 5— but visitors still had to dodge water leaking through the fabric dome.

As the B.C. Contractors Show and Landscaping Expo began, the drops through the dome — which was re-inflated last week — slowly fillednearlytwo dozen grey garbage pails that were strategically placed around the floor.

Bruce Guerin, one of the organizers of the show, said that despiteall the pails, he was glad to be at the stadium less than three weeks after a section of the roof ripped open, leadinga massive and rapid deflation.

"Aesthetically, I would rather not see them on the floor, but it's the alternative which would have been no stadium, so no show, and we're not standing here."

Guerin said the show did not get a discount from B.C. Place,because the stadium was ready when promised and the show went ahead as scheduled.

However, exhibitors who are affected by the leaks will get a break on utility fees from the stadium.

Graham Ramsay, the director of business development at B.C. Place, said the rainhas beenpreventing repair crews from patching the leaks.

He said the leaks should be fixed over the next few days, if the weather co-operates. And he said the building should be free of leaksby the time that a monster truck show moves in on Feb. 1.

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