Huge screens bring Cup excitement to Canucks fans
People pack Granville Street in celebration after the Vancouver Canucks advanced to the NHL's Stanley Cup Final after defeating the San Jose Sharks 4-1 in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Tuesday, May 31, 2011 7:43PM PDT
Last Updated Saturday, May 19, 2012 1:55AM PDT
The City of Vancouver is offering some alternatives to Vancouver Canucks fans who don't want to shell out hundreds of dollars to watch their favourite team square off against the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The city has approved two open air "fan zones" in downtown Vancouver to watch the game, including a huge screen mounted on the back of a truck parked on Granville Street between Georgia and Robson streets.
A second big screen will also be added in the 700-block of Hamilton Street.
Vancouver police say they will have officers on site to enforce liquor laws. Food vendors from the city's street food program will be available on Hamilton and Granville streets.
Rogers Arena will also open its doors to fans during away games during the tournament.
The City of Surrey holds its family-friendly celebration site at Central City Plaza on game days throughout the Stanley Cup final, while in the Fraser Valley, east of Vancouver, Abbotsford's new arena will broadcast games three, six and seven -- although confident Canucks fans doubt the last two will be needed to clinch the cup.
Game One of the series is set for Wednesday evening in Vancouver, Game Two goes Saturday, while games three and four are slated for Boston, on June 6 and 8 -- with all the contests starting at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.
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