“Where 2 Be for Free” is back for the Stanley Cup Finals!

No one sings O Canada louder these days than Vancouver hockey fans – see video

With all the media madness around the Vancouver Canucks vs Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Final, we hardly need another blog post on the topic. Metro Vancouver and the rest of the province may be going crazy as game one gears up, but where exactly will families who want to join in the spirit of this (too rare) occasion gather?

That’s where CityCaucus.com comes in. We’re assembling another "Where 2 Be for Free?" guide, similar to the one we built before the 2010 Games. We’re calling it Where 2 Be for Free: Stanley Cup Edition, and you can find it at this address:


We are compiling content and seeking out as many Metro Vancouver venues as we can find. If you know of any family-oriented venues we should include here (big and small, free or inexpensive), email CityCaucus@gmail.com with your suggestions. Given that the series might only last until next week, we need to get them posted right away.

So far it’s a hit and miss list as far as family fun. I checked out the Vancouver outdoor venues this evening for game one. Thankfully it didn’t rain more than a few drops, and it in no way deterred the very keen crowd. While you have to give big props to CBC and to City staff, the VPD and others for putting together the outdoor viewing places downtown, they are not particularly family friendly. Of the two outdoor spaces 700 Hamilton is definitely more inviting with it’s wider street and plaza. Somehow Granville Street is just not as pleasant.

Here’s a slideshow on Flickr of some of the Canucks hustle and bustle tonight downtown.

There is something exhilarating about watching the Canucks play while surrounded by hundreds of other excited fans. I had the chance to be on 700 Hamilton Street tonight when game one of the Stanley Cup Finals was getting underway. What a thrill to hear the whole block singing O Canada at the top of their lungs!

That collective experience is why I’d like to attend one of the Canucks away games at Rogers Arena beginning next week. I tip my hat to the Canucks organization for listening to the public and not only making those seats available, but affordable for families. Besides sitting comfortably indoors and having the jumbotron, the concession and beer taps nearby, I hope that there is a little bit of added entertainment in the arena if only to pass the time between periods.

There were good reviews over Twitter tonight for the Central City Plaza venue, but if you were there you can leave a comment by going to the venue’s page on the guide, or any place else you happened to visit.

– Post by Mike Klassen. Mike is a city council candidate for the Vancouver Non-Partisan Association (NPA). If you’re an elected official or candidate seeking a nomination and want to write about urban issues, please send your 450-500 word submission to CityCaucus@gmail.com.

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  • George

    wow… in the last 19 seconds…

  • boohoo
  • George

    I do thin the provincial government should help with the policing costs… just as the Olympics were a “Canadian” event… people are coming from all over the country to see the hockey games… in the news and on social media it is being touted as a “Canadian” event equivalent to the Olympics..
    That being said since the MSM has been demonstrating itself to be a PAB for the provincial Liberal government and Christy Clark has taken the opportunity to use the Canucks Jersey for a photo op…and they are making a fortune in the HST from the event.
    I think it only fair that they pony up a few bucks… all things considered.. good point boo