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“Impressive facilities” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Richmond Olympic Oval

Richmond Olympic Oval
Ranked #9 of 108 things to do in Richmond
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Impressive facilities”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

Attended an event here. Great facilities and will host a large amounts of people. Good location. Impressive modern facility.

Visited May 2013
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Lynnwood, WA
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“Beautiful and impressive--bring your own skates”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

The facility itself, based on appearance and scale, merits a 5. We stopped by ROO on our way out of Vancouver after spending a long weekend in town, as we wanted to skate in this amazing Olympic venue.

First, the building: it is huge, with two full-sized ice rinks which cover maybe 1/3 of the floor space in the main area. The laminated wooden beams stretching across the ceiling are beautiful and striking: the architecture of the place is truly special.

Our ice skating experience was less than perfect, however. I learned to skate at local arena in the Seattle area using figure skates. Apparently in Canada, or at least at the ROO, guys are expected to only use hockey skates, or have their own pair. The largest figure skates they had were a size 10, too small for me, and the hockey skates I was offered were extremely uncomfortable. I'm used to wearing skates, and the very snug fits you get in them, but laced up, the skates I was given caused physical pain just having them on. I put on some foam pads that my wife had in her skating bag to protect the spots that were in most pain, which helped. But I was uncomfortable enough to cut short the session.

The other negative was the price of the whole experience. Admission to the facility (including all of the sport courts, climbing wall, fitness equipment, table tennis area, etc. cost us CA $50, and that was only for two rentals (my wife had her own skates)! That's a pretty pricey couple of hours.

I feels like they are still figuring out how to market this facility to the region and find the right way to get families involved in it.

Visited April 2013
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“Olympics 2010”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

Had a chance to visit the Richmond Olympic Oval during the 2010 Winter Olympics. What an amazing facility. Richmond hosted many thousands of visitors during this time and easily moved through the facility and experience the events

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Vancouver, Canada
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“multi sports!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

this oval has most sports that you can think of, but obviously at different times of the day. they have sports like volleyball, basketball, hockey, badminton, tennis, table tennis and also cheerleading and gymnastics together! the architecture of the building is awesome! bring coins for the parking though!

Visited February 2013
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Richmond, Canada
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“Winter Olympic Legacy to Richmond”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

The Olympic Oval was the venue for long track speed skating at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

During the Olympics, the venue was used exclusively for long track speed skating and housed the Olympic Doping control centre. Since then, it has been converted to a multi-sport / event hosting facility and year round fitness centre. Facilities include a 200 metre track, 5 - 110 metre sprint lanes, basketball & volleyball courts, fitness centre and studios, a climbing wall plus 2 Olympic-sized ice rinks.

The ceiling is made with “reclaimed” wood salvaged from trees that has been killed by pine beetles. The ceiling is spectacular to view.

The venue is within 1 1/2 miles (2 kilometres) of the Richmond “downtown” core that includes Richmond Centre shopping mall and is close to the Canada Line.

Getting there by public transportation or by private vehicle is fairly easy.

By transit from Vancouver take the Canada Line to the last stop in Richmond – Brighouse and then catch the community bus – C94 at the bottom of the stairs on Number Three Road. The bus stops at the Oval.

If you’re coming from downtown Vancouver by private transportation, I would recommend the Art Laing Bridge (same bridge to YVR Vancouver airport). Once you’re on the bridge, stay right to veer off from the road to the airport and travel approximately 1 miles on Russ Baker Way; stay in the left lane and then make a left at the Dinsmore Bridge, go over the bridge, take the first right, right again and then a left. Once you’re on the Dinsmore Bridge you will see the Oval on the right side.

For transit information, check the transit website here:
http://www.translink.ca//

You can take advantage of the free venue tour by pre-booking on the Oval website at:
http://richmondoval.ca/venue/about/contact/tour.htm

A free guided tour, booked in advance, shouldn’t take you more than an hour.

As a stand alone attraction it’s okay but it depends on your interests. If you’re interested in the Olympics in general it would be interesting to see the venue. Knowing what I know, I am up in the air as to whether I would make a solo trip just to see the Oval.
I would rate this attraction a 3 out of 5 – average.


Tips:
If you like to hike there is a flat compact gravel trail that goes past the Oval and all the way to Steveston Village – a good 5 miles (8-9 kilometres) by foot one way, with vistas of the Vancouver Airport, Georgia Strait and the Fraser River. Walk as far or as little as you want!

For more details on Richmond’s trail system check out this link:
http://www.richmond.ca/__shared/assets/Richmond_Parks__Trails___Facilities_Map8784.pdf

For those that have broader interests, you can combine the Olympic Oval with other tourist sites such as the Steveston Village (approximately 5 miles – 8 kilometres by automobile) from the Oval, Budhist Temple on Steveston Highway approximately the same distance away. Note there are also 2 other temples on No. 5 Road, a short distance away, but the one on Steveston Highway in my opinion is the most impressive because of the temple structure. If you combine the above with other Richmond sites, you’ll have a full day. After you have finished sight-seeing, relax, and find one of the numerous Richmond restaurants for a good meal!

Visited March 2013
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