Whistler Olympic Plaza
Whistler Olympic Plaza is the site where global audiences gathered nightly to see the best athletes in the world step up to the podium at Victory Ceremonies during the 2010 Winter Games. Designed as a lasting legacy, Whistler Olympic Plaza accommodates audiences of up to 5,000 and is a permanent outdoor venue for recreation, community celebrations, arts and culture. Main features: A 3,100 m2 (33,170 sq ft) grass lawn with capacity for 5,000 along with seating stairs and terraces A performance pavilion with covered seating for up to 600 complete with full back of house and dressing room facilities and integrated plug and play outdoor performance spaces An accessible playground Public art celebrating the 2010 Winter Games Tremendous views of the surrounding mountains. Whistler Olympic Plaza will be a place to explore 2010 Winter Games artifacts including the Olympic Rings, Paralympic Agitos (Latin for I move) and the 2010 Games Cauldron.
Art installations to recognize the contributions of athletes, medal winners, volunteers, government and partner organizations involved in Whistler’s journey to host the Games are Plaza features, as is the memorial to Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili. Pavilion: This permanent outdoor pavilion is at the heart of Whistler Olympic Plazas performance abilities. The structure provides weather protection for programming certainty, flexible rigging points, base level lighting and audio plus quality acoustics. The pavilion has supporting washroom facilities, back of house dressing and support rooms, storage, and service access. Flexible design allows the opportunity to scale down for intimate setting or scale upwards by moving the stage to the lawn edge and utilizing lawn for audience seating. Pavilion technical highlights: The performance pavilion covers a flat floor space of about 600 m (6,400 sq. feet). This offers weather protection, flexible rigging points, base level lighting and audio controls, and enhanced acoustics. Two large stage locations, one at the north end of the site and the other backing onto the pavilion. The latter can use the covered pavilion space as an extensive back of house and production facility.
Two stages are ideal for large festivals. Strategically placed audio, video, lighting, performance power, event patch panels, and plug and play infrastructure with a central power control room in the pavilions back of house space. A fibre optic backbone that runs through Whistler Village to link performance areas within the site, connect to other plaza spaces and/or the Whistler Conference Centre. The great lawn: in summer, this comfortable grassy area adds to Whistler Olympic Plazas performance offering by providing comfortable seating for stage performances, a flexible platform for programming and impromptu gatherings like tossing a Frisbee or playing bocce.