Stadium–Chinatown station

Coordinates: 49°16′46″N 123°6′34″W / 49.27944°N 123.10944°W / 49.27944; -123.10944
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SkyTrain station
Track and platform configuration at the station (left to right): Spare platform, outbound platform, inbound platform
General information
Location590 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Coordinates49°16′46″N 123°6′34″W / 49.27944°N 123.10944°W / 49.27944; -123.10944
Owned byTransLink
PlatformsCentre platform
Side platform (spare)
Structure typeElevated
ArchitectArchitektengruppe U-Bahn
Other information
Station codeST
Fare zone1
OpenedDecember 11, 1985; 37 years ago (1985-12-11)
Previous namesStadium (1985–2004)
Rank10 of 53
Preceding station TransLink Following station
towards Waterfront
Expo Line Main Street–Science World

Stadium–Chinatown (formerly Stadium) is an elevated station on the Expo Line of Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain rapid transit system. The station is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at the eastern entrance of the Dunsmuir Tunnel. It is one of four stations on the Expo Line that serve Downtown Vancouver.

As its name implies, the station is located near both the Stadium District and Chinatown. TransLink's Lost Property Office is located at this station.


Station signage using both English and traditional Chinese

Opened as "Stadium" in 1985 as part of the original SkyTrain system (now known as the Expo Line), the station was designed by Austrian architecture firm Architektengruppe U-Bahn.[2][3] The station's original name was based on its proximity to BC Place Stadium. Both the station and the stadium were vital to Vancouver's Expo 86. The "Chinatown" portion of the station's name was added in 2004, because local merchants and politicians wished to promote the historical and cultural significance of Vancouver's Chinatown district, located just one block away from the station.[4]

During the Expo 86 World's Fair, the station served as a transfer point between the main site of the fair and the Canadian Pavilion (now Canada Place), located on Burrard Inlet at Waterfront station. Transferring between these two stations was free for fair attendees during the fair using special shuttle trains, which ran from a third platform at Stadium station (where there was a connection to the monorail serving the main Expo 86 site) to the Canadian Pavilion at Waterfront station. An automated announcement was aired during people's shuttle ride explaining how SkyTrain and its automated driverless technology operated. The third platform and track were taken out of revenue use once Expo 86 ended and are rarely used except in cases of extreme crowds from hockey games and concerts. The third platform and track are primarily used for training purposes, train storage, special event service, and rerouting during rail replacement.[5][6]

The station was originally constructed with a passageway under Beatty Street to the west in anticipation of future development. When the Amec Building, built across Beatty Street, did not link to the underground passage, the passage was closed and has been occupied by TransLink's Lost Property Office since 1991.[7] The staircase on the west side of Beatty was filled with sand and topped with a concrete sidewalk so that the passage could be reopened in the future.

Until 1988, the Expo Boulevard / Abbott Street entrance was just an open-stair emergency exit. However, with the closing of the entrance tunnel under Beatty Street as well as poor accessibility to Stadium station from False Creek, the emergency exit was redesigned and enclosed, opening in 1989 as the second access point to and from the station. TransLink's Compass Customer Service Centre was located at the station from its inception until September 2022, when it was relocated to Waterfront station.[8][9]


The Beatty Street entrance is often used by those attending events at BC Place.

Important destinations near the station include Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium, where home games of the Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC are played and other major events are held. Following an event at BC Place or Rogers Arena, the passenger volumes are sufficiently large that it is feasible to post TransLink personnel to collect and check fares at this station, in contrast to the proof-of-payment system that was in force prior to the roll out of the Compass card. The Queen Elizabeth Theatre as well as the downtown location of Vancouver Community College are located a few blocks away from the station.

Chinatown is located northeast of the intersection of Taylor and Keefer. The station entrance closest to Chinatown is labelled with traditional Chinese characters in addition to English. The sign reads: "Stadium–Chinatown Station 體育館/華埠(唐人街)". This makes Stadium–Chinatown the only station on the system to be officially labelled in Chinese. The International Village shopping centre (colloquially called "Tinseltown" after the movie theatre on the third floor) and the Chinatown location of T & T Supermarket are located near the station at the intersection of Abbott and Keefer.

Station information[edit]

Station layout[edit]

S Street level (west) Beatty Street entrance
Compass vending machines and fare gates (Beatty)
C Concourse Level Keefer Place entrance, lost property office
Compass vending machines and fare gates (Keefer), shop
T Platform 1
 Expo Line towards Waterfront (Granville)
Island platform; doors will open on the left
Platform 2
  Expo Line towards King George and Production Way–University (Main Street–Science World)
Platform 3 No regular service – Train siding
Side platform; not in service
X   Restricted area
S Street level (east) Expo Boulevard entrance
Compass vending machines and fare gates (Expo)


  • The Beatty Street entrance Disabled access is a fully accessible entrance at the west end of the platforms, serving BC Place and the downtown area. An elevator connects the upper street, concourse, train, and restricted levels.
  • The Keefer Place entrance Disabled access is located on the concourse level shared with the Beatty entrance, beside the Lost Property Office. It is the closest entrance serving the Chinatown area.
  • The Expo Boulevard entrance is located at the east end of the platforms, serving Rogers Arena. No elevator and escalator access is available from this entrance; however, wheelchair access to the platform can be made using the elevators of a nearby residential development via a circuitous routing.[10] There is no access to platform 3.

Transit connections[edit]

  • Local and suburban bus stops are located near the intersection of Hamilton Street and Dunsmuir Street, two blocks west from the Beatty Street entrance:
    • 5 Robson
    • 6 Davie
    • 17 Oak
    • 240 Lynn Valley
    • 241 Upper Lonsdale (peak only)
    • 246 Highland
    • 247 Upper Capilano (peak only)
    • 257 Horseshoe Bay (express)
    • N15 Cambie Night Bus
    • N24 Lynn Valley Night Bus
  • In addition, local community shuttles serving the north False Creek area operate on Expo Boulevard and Abbott Street, on the east side of the station near the Expo Boulevard entrance:
    • 23 Beach
    • 23 Main Street Station


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  2. ^ Pabillano, Jhenifer (February 21, 2011). "1982 SkyTrain station concept drawings!". The Buzzer Blog. TransLink. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "U-Bahn Vancouver". Architektengruppe U-Bahn. Archived from the original on April 28, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "Stadium SkyTrain station renamed" (PDF). The Buzzer. TransLink. October 15, 2004. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  5. ^ "Why is there a third platform at Stadium–Chinatown Station?". Buzzer Blog. July 5, 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  6. ^ Chan, Kenneth (May 21, 2019). "Third platform at SkyTrain's Stadium-Chinatown Station to open for shuttle train". Daily Hive. Archived from the original on May 22, 2019. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "BC Transit Lost Property Office moving to Stadium Station" (PDF). The Buzzer. BC Transit. May 24, 1991. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  8. ^ Kertcher, Sarah (September 22, 2022). "TransLink unveils new Customer Service Centre at Waterfront Station". The Buzzer Blog. TransLink. Retrieved September 23, 2022.
  9. ^ Chan, Kenneth (September 22, 2022). "Inside TransLink's new Customer Service Centre at Waterfront Station". Daily Hive. Retrieved September 23, 2022.
  10. ^ "Expo Line Station Review". TransLink. Retrieved July 5, 2017.