"I think PavCo [the B.C. Pavilion Corp.] should be in touch with the people and offer a partial refund," NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert told The Province. "Those people helped pay $600 million for the stadium plus whatever they paid for their ticket."
Pleased as punch officials originally unveiled the giant screen - the second largest in North America - as proof that British Columbians would have a first-class facility to show for the more than half-a-billion dollars spent to refurbish the stadium and add a retractable roof.
Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi said the team was told one of the four scoreboard screens wasn't working before the game.
"We're hoping that it is working on Wednesday," said Lenarduzzi.
The stadium project has become a political football.
PavCo announced that a new name for B.C. Place would be unveiled in time for the 2011 Grey Cup, then had to admit that a $35-million naming contract with Telus had collapsed.
B.C. Place marketing manager Duncan Blom-field said advertising rights inside the stadium are being sold: "Sponsorship and advertising sales are strong and on track to meet the budget target outlined in PavCo's service plan for B.C. Place."
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