Breaking the ice

A part of Vancouver's Olympic legacy

UBC Thunderbird Arena

Originally developed for the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena is now home to varsity athletes, NHL’ers and amateurs alike. The year-round multi-use facility continues to serve the UBC and extended community as originally envisioned. Working closely with VANOC and UBC Kasian developed a flexible building program for both the 2010 Olympic / Paralympic Winter Games as well as legacy requirements.

Today, the legacy requirements are in full swings as facility draws more than 650,000 users and spectators each year to its 3 arenas, 13 dressing rooms and seating for 5000 in the main arena. The facility continues to operate sustainably, using a unique Eco-Chill heat recovery process to provide improved energy efficiency.


  • Client UBC Properties Trust
  • Location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Size 226,000 ft2
  • Construction Value $47 M
  • Completed 2008

It’s one of our key goals to expand opportunities for recreational and high-performance sport on campus so more students and community can participate

Kavie Toor UBC Athletics and Recreation Associate Director

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