BC Place leaks to be sealed for reopening

The chairman of B.C. Pavilion Corporation is promising the new roof on BC Place will be ready for the stadium reopening on Friday — and there won't be any leaks.

During heavy rain on Monday, water seeped into the stadium through the closed roof, but CEO David Podmore says that's to be expected because the sealing work is not yet complete.

"There are six of 36 seams still to seal, and when those are sealed it will be watertight. So it shouldn't be a surprise," said Podmore. High winds prevented workers from finishing the seals on Monday, he said.

The stadium reopens on Friday evening when the BC Lions play the Edmonton Eskimos. Singer Sarah McLachlan will perform O'Canada at the opening. The stadium is also expected to get a new name for the reopening.

BC Place, which is located in downtown Vancouver, was closed last year for the installation of the $563-million cable-supported retractable roof, the largest of its kind in the world.

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