Canada Hockey Place and the University of British Columbia's Thunderbird Arena will host the ice hockey competition.
Canada Hockey Place
Regularly known as General Motors Place and home to the NHL's Vancouver Canucks, Canada Hockey Place seats 18,630 and will be the main hockey venue for the 2010 Games. It was originally built in 1995 to replace the Pacific Coliseum - which will host short track and figure skating - as the main venue for Vancouver's professional sports teams. The arena, located in downtown Vancouver, will be re-named during the Olympics because of an IOC rule banning corporate sponsorship of venues.
UBC's Thunderbird Arena holds 6,800 spectators and will be the secondary hockey venue. Located on the University of British Columbia campus on Vancouver's west side, the arena was originally built in 1963 but was renovated and upgraded to host Olympic hockey. The arena was completed in June 2008, and two additional rinks were added to the complex to serve as practice facilities during the Games. The main arena also will host the sledge hockey tournament for the 2010 Paralympic Games. After that, the complex will be converted into a recreational and high-performance facility for the university and residents of Vancouver.
North American ice
The 2010 Olympic tournaments will be played on North American-sized ice surfaces (85 feet x 200 feet), rather than the larger international size that is normally used in Olympic competition (100 feet x 200 feet). The exception will save GM Place an estimated $10 million in renovation costs, as well as sparing the 800 seats that would be removed if a larger surface were in place. Throughout the Games, those seats plus the additional seats at Thunderbird Arena will account for 35,000 tickets for the men's and women's tournaments.