PNE reveals design of new mass timber amphitheatre

It will target Passive Haus, LEED and Salmon-Safe certifications.

A rendering shows the design of a new PNE amphitheatre. – PNE

The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in Vancouver has unveiled the design of a new, state-of-the-art outdoor amphitheatre with a capacity of approximately 10,000. 

It will be one of the largest free-span timber roof structures in the world. The non-profit explained that the new facility will be nestled in the heart of the park with panoramic views of the North Shore Mountains.

“This world-class open-air venue will provide much needed mixed-use venue space for top-tier concerts, arts and culture programming, community events, esports events, and more,” said the group.

The team is expecting to finalize the design this year and start construction in 2024. The facility is scheduled for completion in 2026. 

By the numbers:

  • Maximum capacity of approx. 10,000
  • Estimated annual attendance 340,000+
  • Projected 75+ performances per year
  • 24 Commercial Shows
  • 22 Community, Arts, and Culture Shows
  • 14 Corporate Shows
  • 15 PNE Fair Shows (Summer Night Concerts)

The PNE added that the facility feature covered seating, hospitality suites, banquet/lounge space, common areas, and fully integrated premium catering options. They plan to use sustainable products and design, and build to Passive Haus, LEED, and Salmon-Safe certification standards.

“The crown jewel of the PNE and Hastings Park, the new PNE Amphitheatre will enable us to showcase and celebrate BC’s talent, diversity, and enthusiasm for live events,” said Shelley Frost, PNE president and CEO.


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