Project Spotlight November 14, 2022

Like magic, a stadium canopy “floats” above the stands

Simon Fraser University’s new stadium is an architectural and engineering marvel that’s reinvigorating school spirit.
Photo showing innovative stadium canopy that seems to float in mid-air
SFU Stadium
Burnaby, BC
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Student organizations at Simon Fraser University (SFU) have long rallied for a proper sports stadium on campus. The Burnaby, British Columbia-based institution opened in 1965 without one, but by 2012, students raised $10 million for a 2,000-seat stadium with a striking focal point. “It took six decades’ worth of student determination to make this building happen,” says the university’s senior project manager, Gerald Gongos. The university’s leadership contributed an additional $10 million to get the project across the financial finish line.

"Whether you see the place in the rain, a beautiful sunny day, or if it's at night with the light towers on, it just looks awesome."

James Bremmer, Project Manager, Campus Planning and Development