Vancouver will honour Christine Sinclair in many ways over the next eight days as the Canadian icon calls time on her CanWNT playing career, and one of those is by name.
It was announced on Monday that BC Place will be renamed Christine Sinclair Place for one day only as Canada host Australia at the stadium in Sinclair’s final Canada game on December 5. The stadium will illuminate the temporary name in red and white alongside Sinclair’s number 12.
In addition, other fun ways of celebrating Sinclair on the night at the stadium will include a selection of speciality menu items being offered which reflect Sinclair’s favourite foods, and the limited-edition No. 12 cocktail.
Of course, the 35,000+ fans present will also provide their own tributes. Expect a standing ovation in the 12th minute, dozens of signs and banners, and some special surprises from Canadian supporters group The Voyageurs.
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“Christine Sinclair has brought the world’s attention to Canada and our great province and has showcased the incredible talent and spirit of our nation’s athletes, both on and off the field,” said Lana Popham, BC’s Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “Her legacy will continue to inspire young women to lace up their cleats not only here at home, but worldwide. Renaming the stadium for one day is a fitting tribute to her extraordinary achievements.”
CanWNT head coach Bev Priestman told media last week that Sinclair has been “taking it all in” ahead of her final bow, which first includes a game at Victoria’s Starlight Stadium this Friday night.
“People in this country have only really known this team with Christine Sinclair in it,” said Priestman… “BC Place is her send-off game that is designed to honour the great work that Christine has done. I’m hoping she can take it in and enjoy it…
“It will be an emotional night. We have to embrace that. Every player will want to give everything to that last game, to give everything for the player who has given everything to this team, been a key part in all the medals. I hope that BC Place is sold out.”