by Devon Rowcliffe

While I support the refurbishment of Queen’s Park Stadium, as well as the continuation of its intended use of hosting high-level sport, I do not support one aspect of the current proposal: for the wooden stand on the stadium’s east side to be demolished.

This wooden stand is built in the tradition of British pitched-roof grandstands, and has significant heritage value.  

While it is not currently listed or designated for heritage protection by the City of New Westminster, there are very few such stands remaining anywhere in Canada, and thus it should be protected for the enjoyment of future generations.

The stadium’s wooden stand is a miniature version of similar stands in the United Kingdom that are today protected by English Heritage and Historic Scotland.  

It resembles stands designed by renowned Scottish architect Archibald Leitch, who built the stadiums of such famous soccer clubs as Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.