The Vancouver Nighthawks have found their nest.

UBC Thunderbird Stadium has been selected as the home for the Nighthawks in the 2013 campaign.

The stadium is situated at 6288 Stadium Road, Vancouver, BC,  in the heart of the University of British Columbia’s campus, between East Mall and S.W. Marine Drive.

Ultimate fans will remember Thunderbird Stadium as the site of the 2008 World Ultimate and Guts Championship Open Final between Team Canada and Team USA that Team Canada won in a thrilling 17-15 victory.  The stadium has also hosted numerous Canadian Ultimate Championships and Canadian University Ultimate Championship events and is the long-time home of the Flowerbowl club tournament.

Having opened in October of 1967, Thunderbird Stadium has been home to many other sporting events, from soccer to football and rugby, as well as concerts. The stadium seats 3,500 fans in the bleachers, while including additional lawn seating for 1,500 others in a grassy space looking over the artificial turf field.

For those watching at home, the Nighthawks will look ready for their close-up. With 50 high-pressure sodium 1000 watt bulbs and 50 metal halide 1500 watt bulbs lighting the field, online viewing of Ultimate at Thunderbird Stadium will have sharp quality.

Thunderbird Stadium provides a concession equipment to keep sodas cold and burgers hot, as well as a wheelchair viewing area for large enough to fit 8 wheelchair-bound people and their attendants.

The parking lot can fit 2,000 cars, and doubles as a popular tailgate locale.

The Nighthawks will play 5 regular season home games at Thunderbird Stadium.

About The Author

John Phillips was born and raised in Philadelphia, and couldn’t help but be consumed by the rabid sports culture in the city. He began playing Ultimate in 10th grade, and hasn’t looked back since. He dreams of a day when people are as energetic about the Spinners as they are the Flyers or Sixers.

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  1. Andrew Brown

    T-Bird Stadium does not have a “natural turf surface”, assuming that means grass. It used to but no longer does.

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