Featuring an oval measuring 400 metres around the inside edge of the track, the Richmond Olympic Oval contains seating for approximately 8,000 spectators and was home to long track speed skating during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The Oval, along with an adjoining waterfront plaza and park, is the centre piece of a major new city centre community being developed on 32 acres along the banks of the Fraser River. The total cost of this multiple award-winning structure and related projects, including the waterfront park, plaza and parkade, was $178 million.
Construction began with densification of the Richmond Oval site, located on a 29-acre site between the Dinsmore and No. 2 Road bridges. More than 100,000 cubic metres of sand was placed on the building site to ensure the stability of the ground on which the Oval was built. Following completion of the densification and preloading, construction of the Richmond Oval began in May 2006.
Today, the 362,000 SF Richmond Olympic Oval has been transformed and is an international centre of excellence for sports, health and wellness, culture and entertainment.
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