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“Fantastic Show in a Very User-Unfriendly Venue”

Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Ranked #45 of 139 things to do in Victoria
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed June 1, 2015

I went to see Varekai by Cirque de Soleil in a matinee performance at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The show was fantastic, as I expect from Cirque de Soleil. The venue was shocking in its lack of comfort and difficulty in navigation.
Thinking to avoid the crowds using the entrances at the main level, I went by stairs to the third level. Imagine my surprise to discover no lights turned on at the third level. I could only wonder how the family with the boy on crutches dealt with that when they got off the elevator on the third floor.
The stadium seats are plastic and narrow, comfortable in the short term for slim, young people. Anyone carrying a little extra weight will not be well accommodated. How difficult would it have been to include, at the ends of the rows, wider seats? Those with muscle or joint pain would do well to bring cushions or avoid the stadium altogether.
I watched with great concern as parents carrying toddlers and holding the hands of older children climbed so carefully up the steep stairs that had no safety railings. I was equally concerned by the sight of older people and those with infirmities gasping for breath and gripping the stairs ahead of them with their hands (almost crawling) as they attempted those same stairs.
From my seat in row S of section 112 it was difficult to see the performers clearly; I accept that as a consequence of choosing less expensive seating. It would be advisable, however, for the stadium vendor who was selling earplugs to also offer compact binoculars.

Thank Melinda V
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Reviewed April 16, 2015

couldn't find what i was looking for the date alan jackson was to be there this fall they should be able to let people know what is coming there for the rest of the year

Thank james c
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Reviewed March 17, 2015

I think there was little thought put into the interior of the Memorial Centre. It's unfriendly and feels like a cavernous room of seats.

But what are you to do if you want to see a show? I've seen small shows and large shows and unless you have really good seats the shows are generally unsatisfying.

It's not very intimate and at times the sound is atrocious. I have seen skating and curling and it's a bit better but still some thought could have gone into making it more inviting and user friendly.

Plus that outside sculpture is atrocious!

Thank SeeingTHEworld2012
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Reviewed January 14, 2015

I lucked out with great seats ! Smaller arena, so pretty good seats everywhere, sold out concert ! The bathroom seemed clean. Wasn't keen on the massive lineup for water !! There should be a fast moving drinks only lineup !

Thank Terra M
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Reviewed October 20, 2014

We attended the Sarah McLachlan concert this past week, which was money well spent! The concert was set-up to utilize half of the area & the fans were treated to a fun evening with Sarah! Sound system was first class which was a treat for all that attended. Only issue we had was the cost for 1 small beer & 4 oz. of wine for $14.75, which would have been acceptable if it was cold with flavour??

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