Just a week after the Richmond Olympic Oval became the only North American sports facility to receive the IAKS/IOC All Time Award – an honor that recognized the premier venues from the past 50 years and won’t be handed out again until 2065 – ENR has published a strong piece about the facility’s rich legacy.
A few key excerpts:
On the Goal of the Oval
“Back in 2010, when Vancouver, B.C., was aglow hosting the Winter Olympics there was ballyhoo over the venues housing the games. Some were significant upgrades to wearied structures, while others offered shiny new examples of what folks were calling “legacy” design. These buildings, the supporters said, would not only serve the city well in putting a good foot forward to the world during the two-week event, but later serve the community well in future adaptations. There would be no white elephants in Vancouver, they said.
The Richmond Olympic Oval lived up to the billing. And it did so beautifully.”
“Before the Richmond Olympic Oval, Olympic speed skating venues were single-use buildings, which didn’t lend them for much meaningful use post-Olympics. The flexible and adaptable interior environment allowed Richmond to change that, turning the venue into a community home for sport, recreation, culture and fitness.
Legacy worked out just fine for the Richmond Olympic Oval.”