The Vancouver Giants of the WHL have played at the old Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver since 2001, seeing the antiquated arena through renovations in 2007 and one Memorial Cup championship.
Now, though, the team is finally expected to move out of the building.
Per Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province, the Giants have called a press conference for Tuesday morning, where they’re expected to announce the team’s move from the Pacific Coliseum after playing in the arena for 15 seasons.
The press conference is being held at Langley Events Centre, which is currently the home of the BCHL’s Langley Rivermen – but the assumption is that the move from the Pacific Coliseum to Langley will be announced, resulting in the Rivermen likely needing to find a new home. The move makes perfect sense for the struggling WHL club, though – they’re currently playing in a building first constructed in 1968, and the Langley Centre was opened in 2009.
A nicer venue will come at the expense of playing in downtown Vancovuer, as Langley is about 30 minutes by car out from where the team currently plays. The hope, though, is that a nicer venue will draw better crowds for the junior franchise – and subsequently help the team finally see some life once more. The Giants found themselves back in the postseason this year after a one-year hiatus, but were swept 4-0 in the first round; a new venue could be just what they need to finally return to a competitive nature.