In the heart of Vancouver, where horizons meet and eagles soar, stands a coliseum of dreams, hitherto known as BC Place. But on a chilly December eve, nestled in the throes of winter’s embrace, this iconic bastion of sport shall undergo a dazzling metamorphosis—a tribute to a woman whose name has become synonymous with Canadian soccer excellence, Christine Sinclair.
For one day, and one day only, the stadium will echo with a new name, a glorious anthem that celebrates the achievements of a true Canadian legend. On December 5th, as Canada faces Australia in a friendly match charged with emotion and nostalgia, BC Place will proudly don the mantle of Christine Sinclair Place.
This isn’t just a game; it’s a farewell symphony for Sinclair, the Burnaby-born warrior whose boots have graced the lush green battlefields for the last time. With the echo of her announcement in October, resonating through a short video on her Instagram, she has bidden adieu to the international stage.
Sinclair, a name etched in the annals of soccer history, reigns supreme as the unrivaled goal-scoring sovereign, outpacing any challenger, male or female, on the international turf. Her cabinet, gleaming with the Canadian Soccer Player of the Year trophies—a resplendent sight of 14—notched an unbroken record from 2004 through 2014.
Picture her, if you will, in the heat of 329 battles, a hallowed number, striking 190 goals like a bolt of lighting from Canada’s crest upon her heart. Sinclair’s saga spanned across six FIFA Women’s World Cups and culminated in a crescendo of gold at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
As night falls on December 5th, the air within Christine Sinclair Place will be imbued with more than just the roar of the crowd. Amid the spectacle, fans will be regaled with special delights: homage-inspired food, a cocktail crafted in Sinclair’s honor, and an array of tributes weaving through the tapestry of the match.
The demand to witness history has swollen to such a degree that the upper echelons of the stadium have been unfurled, a rare sight at BC Place, as fans clamor to secure their seats at this monumental game.
“Christine Sinclair is not just a national hero; she’s the pride of our neighborhood,” says Chris May, the esteemed maestro of BC Place. “She’s our very own hometown hero, her story a beacon of inspiration for every aspiring athlete growing up in the verdant spread of Burnaby. Today, as we rechristen our hallowed ground in her honor, we celebrate her illustrious journey and the indelible mark she has inscribed upon us.”
As winter’s chill whispers through the pines, Canada will brace for a duel with Australia, not once but twice in the freshness of December. The first bout will be held at Starfield Stadium in Langford, with the grand celebration unfolding within the renamed edifice of downtown Vancouver on the night of December 5th.