Canada Olympic House Set for Vancouver in 2010

The Downtown Bay Flagship Store Selected as Host Venue

Canada Olympic House, the Canadian Olympic Team’s “home away from home” at each Olympic Games, will be located in downtown Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced today the hospitality centre’s location: the sixth floor of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Bay Vancouver flagship store on West Georgia Street.

“We are extremely proud of our Olympic partnership and are delighted to provide a unique and exciting venue in Vancouver for the 2010 edition of Canada Olympic House”, said Jeff Sherman, president and chief executive officer of Hudson’s Bay Company. “The area we have created for the Canadian Olympic Team, in our newly renovated downtown store, will provide an easily accessible retreat for our Olympic athletes, their families and team sponsors, within close walking distance of the downtown Vancouver competition venues.”

While providing a physical location for the delivery of the Canadian Olympic Team’s hospitality services, the Family and Friends Service Centre and special events, Canada Olympic House is also a relaxing and friendly meeting place for Canadian Olympic athletes, their family, friends, coaches, support staff, sponsors, government partners and special guests. Canada Olympic House also stages programs such as the Family and Friends Program, hosts athlete medal receptions and provides a multimedia centre/internet lounge and TV lounge in order to watch all the Olympic action with other enthusiastic fans and supporters.

“We look forward to working with our partners in Vancouver in creating a winning atmosphere for our Canadian team in 2010,” said Chris Rudge, CEO, Canadian Olympic Committee. “We have every confidence that they will provide excellent service and support as we Paint the Town Red in celebration.”

Canada Olympic House is scheduled to be open every day during the Games from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (subject to change). Access to this private facility will require pre-games registration and accreditation by the COC and is not open to the general public. Media wishing to visit Canada Olympic House should coordinate requests with the COC.

Plans for an additional Canada Olympic House in Whistler will be announced at a later date.