British Empire and Commonwealth Games

BRITISH EMPIRE AND COMMONWEALTH GAMES were first held in BC in VANCOUVER in 1954. Sports administrator Stanley Smith was general chairman of the British Empire Games from 1949 to the event itself, overseeing the construction of the $1.5 million, 32,000-seat Empire Stadium, the swimming pool at UBC and the Empire Oval yellow CEDAR cycling track in China Creek Park, as well as the damming of the Vedder Canal (see VEDDER/CHILLIWACK R) for ROWING. Even after all these expenditures, the Games made a...

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