TransLink SkyTrain Stadium – Chinatown Station
|Train to: Waterfront||Stadium–Chinatown||Train to: King George & Production Way–University|
|Next Station: Granville||Next Station: Main Street–Science World|
|Address||590 Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC|
BC Transit (1985–1999)
Rapid Transit Company
|Bus connections||5, 6, 17, 23, 240, , 246, ,|
250, 250A, , , 257, ,
|Platforms||3 (2 island, 1 side)|
|Structure type||Elevated and partially at-grade|
|Architects||Allen Parker & Associates|
|Ranking||7 out of 53|
|Park and Ride||No|
|Opening date||December 11, 1985|
Expo 86 shuttle service
|Previous name||Stadium (1985–2004)|
Stadium–Chinatown is a SkyTrain station in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Located adjacent and beneath the Dunsmuir Viaduct, Stadium–Chinatown Station provides access to the adjacent BC Place and Rogers Arena, in addition to Vancouver's Chinatown.
Despite the station having three platforms, only two are used. The third side platform is used for train parking and is occasionally open during special events or maintenance (as was the case in Spring 2019). During Expo 86, the third platform was used as a shuttle for those attending the Expo to access the Canadian Pavilion at Waterfront.
TransLink Lost Properties and Compass Customer Service Centre is located at Stadium–Chinatown Station. During the transit centennial in 1990, the Compass Customer Service Centre space was occupied by a transit history display.
The International Village entrance sign is the only sign on the SkyTrain system to have Chinese characters. The sign displays Stadium–Chinatown Station 體育館／華埠（唐人街）.
Since 2017, TransLink has partnered with the Capture Photography Festival and displays temporary installations of work at Platform 3. The first piece installed was titled Precession of the Feminine by Alinka Echeverria. The piece is part of a larger series of work titled Nicephora and is comprised of blown-up images of women from the French Musée Nicéphore Niépce museum's archives with ceramic vases in three-dimensional digital simulations.
In 2018, the work on display was titled Qimash by Durrah Alsaif. The piece focuses on the blurring lines between culture, tradition, and religion in the Middle East and explores the symbolic action of adorning oneself with the hijab. The piece urges one to consider the symbolism of the hijab and its nuanced significance to the individuals that wear them.
In 2019, the work on display was titled Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation Basketball by photojournalist Alana Paterson and curated by Justin Ramsey. The work focuses on the empowerment of young Indigenous women in an environment of continuing racism and intergenerational trauma caused by colonialism and residential schools in Canada. The work captures Indigenous women through sport and revitalizes the Indigenous "Warrior Women" identity of strength, perseverance, and passion.
In 2020, the work on display was titled Plymouth Rock by Moyra Davey. The piece is a series of black-and-white photographs captured during Davey's visit to La Pêche, Québec while she was making her film i confess in 2019.
The station opened in 1985 as Stadium. The "Chinatown" portion of the station name was added in 2004.
When the station opened, there was an additional entrance going underneath Beatty Street. The entrance was closed shortly after the station opened and is now partially occupied by the Lost Properties Office, which opened on May 27, 1991, after the previous location at Harbour Centre closed on May 23, 1991. Access to the passageway has since been sealed and portions of the entrance the passage is filled in with sand and topped with a concrete sidewalk. The Expo Boulevard entrance was originally an emergency exit stairwell. It opened as a new entrance in 1989.
In January 2017, the fencing dividing Platform 2 and Platform 3 was replaced with a permanent fixture, as well as with new station identity signage and line diagrams. Previously, metal barricades for crowd control were used. Prior to this minor installation work, Stadium–Chinatown was the only station remaining in the system to not have a permanent platform dividing fence as other stations, specifically along the Expo Line, had platform fencing installed in the early-2000s.
Platform 3 did not use the platform intrusion found at Expo Line stations between Waterfront and King George, which comprises a system that detects intrusion based on the amount of weight being placed on metal grills. The system that was installed used on Platform 3 exclusively was an early version of laser detection now found at all stations built from 2002 onward. In late May 2018, this system was replaced with the traditional platform intrusion system based on weight.
Expo 86 Service
During Expo 86, an express shuttle service operated between the Canada Pavilion (now Canada Place) near Waterfront Station and the main fairgrounds along False Creek from Platform 3. Shuttle passengers entered the station via an overpass that stretched over Expo Boulevard that connected Platform 3 with the fairgrounds. The overpass was dismantled after Expo 86 and replaced with a set of emergency exit stairs.
Vancouver 2010 Service
Due to its proximity to BC Place and Canada Hockey Place, operations and passenger flow changed slightly at Stadium–Chinatown during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. For the duration of the games, station directional signage was temporarily replaced with Vancouver 2010 bilingual signage to direct passengers to the two venues located across the street from Stadium–Chinatown. The Keefer Street exit was closed for the duration of the games and Expo Boulevard was designated as an exit only.
Buses servicing the area of Stadium–Chinatown Station are spread across multiple streets. The 5, 6 and 17 services are located along Cambie Street at Dunsmuir Street while the 257 Horseshoe Bay express service is located on Dunsmuir Street at Cambie Street. Other North Shore services are located on W. Georgia Street. The 23 Community Shuttle service is located below the station at Expo Boulevard towards English Bay and on Abbott Street towards Main Street Station.
In the past, North Shore services (excluding West Vancouver services) were located inside the Larwill Bus Depot at Cambie Street & Dunsmuir Street until its closure in April 1993. From April 2019–April 2022, a portion of the former Larwill Bus Depot – now a parking lot – was leased by TransLink for use as a layover space for both North Shore services and West Vancouver Transit buses due to the loss of layover spaces near the former Canada Post building. Once the lease at Larwill Park concluded in April 2022, buses began to layover adjacent to the Vancouver Public Library along Cambie Street and Hamilton Street, with the starting point of services pushed back to Homer Street or Richards Street instead of at Cambie Street.
Cambie Street & Dunsmuir Street
Cambie Street & W. Georgia Street
W. Georgia Street & Homer Street
- 240 Lynn Valley
- 241 Upper Lonsdale
PM peak hours only
- 246 Highland
- 247 Grouse Mountain
PM peak hours only
Cambie Street & W. Georgia Street
- 250A Dundarave
Special events only
Dunsmuir Street & Cambie Street
Expo Boulevard & Abbott Street
Pat Quinn Way & Expo Boulevard
Cambie Street & Dunsmuir Street
W. Georgia Street & Richards Street
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|99 B-Line service at this bay|
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|Bus Stop||Bus Stop ID number|
(for stops without bay numbers)
|Platform 1 ←||Expo Line towards Waterfront (Granville)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Platform 2|| Expo Line towards King George (Main Street–Science World) →|
Expo Line towards Production Way–University (Main Street–Science World) →
|Side platform, not in use/storage track|
|Stadium–Chinatown Station Exits|
|Expo Boulevard Auxiliary||Special events only
|Station Icons Legend|
|Exit is on this level|
|Buses available at this exit|
|Park and Ride access at this exit|
|Bike lockers located at this exit|
|Bike racks located at this exit|
|Bike Parkade located at this exit|
|Emergency Refuge located at or near this exit|
Specific services available only through this exit
First and Last Trains
- BC Place
- Rogers Arena
- International Village
- Dr. Sun Yet Sen Classical Chinese Garden
- Andy Livingstone Park
- Queen Elizabeth Theatre
- Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch and Library Square
- Vancouver Community College – City Centre Campus
- Victory Square
- Beatty Street Drill Hall
- Plaza of Nations
- Stadium–Chinatown Station Area Map (April 2020)
- Stadium–Chinatown Station Area Map (December 2016)
- Stadium–Chinatown Station Accessibility Map
- Stadium–Chinatown Station hosts Capture Photography Festival exhibit The Buzzer, retrieved 12-05-2020
- Capture Photography Festival exhibits returns to SkyTrain stations The Buzzer, retrieved 12-05-2020
- Capture Photography Festival brings new public art to Stadium–Chinatown Station The Buzzer, retrieved 12-05-2020
- Public art installation comes to the Stadium–Chinatown Station The Buzzer, retrieved 12-05-2020
- The Buzzer October 15, 2004 Issue, translink.ca, retrieved 27-06-2018
- The Buzzer January 31, 1986 Issue translink.ca, retrieved 26-04-2020
- The Buzzer May 24, 1991 Issue translink.ca, retrieved 01-05-2020