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For nearly 30 years BC Place Stadium has sat on the edge of what was once a waterrfront industrial wasteland, an anchor for the dreams and ambitions of people who believed it could spark a Downtown urban renewal.

In its own right, BC Place Stadium, with its comfotable pillow-top roof (recently upgraded to a retractable roof), has been an icon on Vancouver's ever changing landscape.

But it has also been, along with its joined-at-the-hip Expo 86 World's Fair, a generator of change, weaving itself finely into the fortunes of the city and region. Think of the influx of Hong Kong immigrants before the 1997 repatriation of the British enclave to China, the redevelopment of False Creek, Coal Harbour, Yaletown and Downtown South, The Vancouver Convention Centre and the SkyTrain to Surrey and even the 2010 Winter Olympics. 

All those are the offspring of decisions made around the stadium and the related provincial purchase of Marathon Realty's False Creek lands three decades ago.

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