BC Place open to ‘exploring any potential opportunities’ for hosting regular season NFL games

BC Place wants to host National Football League regular season games in the future.

After the NFL stated the league would love to play regular season games in Canada, B.C. Pavilion Corporation has expressed an interest in doing so at its facility.

“While no discussions have been entered into at this time, we look forward to exploring any potential opportunities this announcement offers for BC Place and football fans in B.C.,’ the operating company said in a statement.

The NFL’s enhanced 17-game regular season will ensure that beginning in 2022, every franchise will play internationally at least once every eight years. The scheduling of up to four neutral site games per year in a country outside the United States will focus initially on Canada, Europe, Mexico, South America and the United Kingdom.

“The NFL’s international game scheduling plan is an exciting and interesting development for sports fans in Canada,” B.C. Pavilion Corporation said.

“As British Columbia’s premier, best in class stadium with a successful track record hosting some of North America’s greatest sporting events and live entertainment, BC Place is ideally suited to hosting major events of this scale and format.”

BC Place hosted an NFL pre-season game in 1998, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks 24-21, it was part of the American Bowl series. It ranks in the top 100 stadiums in North America for capacity, with seating for 54,500 or more based on event configuration.

There has never been a regular season game put on in British Columbia or Vancouver.

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