- The Richmond Olympic Oval will be home to long-track speed skating during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
- The Richmond Olympic Oval is located within 32 acres of city-owned land along the banks of the Fraser River, just minutes from Vancouver International Airport.
- For the Olympics, the Oval will house a 400-metre speed-skating track and seat approximately 8,000. The Oval will be home to up to 12 medal events, with a potential 36 medals to be awarded.
- The Oval was built and is owned by the city of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada; they also operate the facility. The project, which also includes a new waterfront plaza and park and a parkade, is 47,116 m2 and cost 155M (Canadian).
- The Oval will be the centrepiece of a major new urban waterfront neighbourhood featuring a mix of residential, commercial, and public amenity development. The new Oval neighbourhood will be an international destination and meeting place offering diverse indoor and outdoor recreational activities, shopping, and services.
- In typical use, the Oval’s main activity floor will feature three primary activity areas – ice, hardwood floor, and indoor track – offering a full range of training and competitive opportunities for both summer and winter sports, ranging from developmental and recreational to elite level.
- A complete range of sports-medicine and wellness services and activity areas, including a major fitness centre, will also be housed in the Oval, along with retail and food service. Additionally, 15,000 square feet of the Oval is devoted to an anti-doping laboratory to ensure fair play during the 2010 Games.
- Post-Games, the Oval will become an international centre of excellence for sports and wellness. The Oval’s flexible design will allow it to be used for a wide variety of sport and community uses.
- The Richmond Olympic Oval opened in fall 2008 on schedule and on budget.
- The Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia have contributed a total of $60 million toward the capital cost of the Oval. In addition, the Oval will receive a portion of a $110 million Legacy Trust to offset ongoing operating costs.