Richmond O Zone Celebration Site
Exciting. Spectacular. Free. For 17 days, the Richmond O Zone, an official celebration site of the 2010 Winter Games, was the destination for an authentic Olympic Games experience. More than 500,000 visitors celebrated the 2010 Games in the O Zone. They cheered on Canada’s athletes, explored cool stuff, and rocked out to some of the hottest young bands in Canada.
The Richmond O Zone was the biggest celebration of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, amassed over 60-acres in the heart of Richmond City Centre, just minutes from the new Canada Line, from Richmond City Hall into Minoru Park.
The Richmond O Zone offered attractions and activities for everyone including: mammoth ice art, massive high-definition screen, outdoor skating on real ice, entertainment from around the region and around the world, art, athletes, exhibits, virtual reality, food, fireworks and Holland Heineken House - the Netherlands’ nation house. Top Canadian bands like Bedouin Soundclash, Tokyo Police Club and Our Lady Peace headlined. Themed nights saluted Canada’s diverse cultures and regions, from World Beat rhythms and South Asian dance and music, to Pan Northern sounds from above the Arctic Circle.
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Why A Celebration Site?
The Richmond O Zone was a key component of the City’s strategy to leverage the Olympic Games to help achieve the community’s vision of being the most appealing, livable, well-managed city in Canada.
The goals for the O Zone were to create lasting memories and build pride in the community, expand and build upon the spirit of volunteerism and our volunteer base, showcase Richmond to an international audience, and build our tourism industry.
The City’s contribution was $4.3 million while Tourism Richmond contributed $2 million.
Key sponsors provided both financial support and value in kind, offsetting costs.
The City consulted with facility user groups and neighbouring residents through Game Plan 2008 and 2009, an open house in October 2009, meetings and presentations to seniors, health care providers, businesses and community associations throughout the summer and fall, as well as outreach initiatives at a number of community events. Park and facilities user groups were very cooperative and the City appreciates their enthusiasm and support.
The City of Richmond was pleased and honoured to host the nation house of the Netherlands, the most visited nation house of every summer and winter Games for the past 12 years.
Holland House, sponsored by one of Holland’s most famous exports, featured celebratory medal ceremonies for Dutch athletes and nightly performances by renowned Dutch artists and DJs, Dutch cafes, media centre for Dutch national broadcasters and print media and a lounge for Dutch athletes. It was located in the Minoru Arenas within the Richmond O Zone.
More than 125,000 visitors attended the Holland Heineken House during the 2010 Games, setting a new attendance record.