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Atlas Arena

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An aerial view of Atlas Arena.
The figure of Atlas standing over the arena.

Atlas Arena was a Pyramid stadium in Caprica City, Caprica and was the home field for the Caprica City Buccaneers prior to the First Cylon War (CAP: "Pilot", "Rebirth").

An enormous venue dominated by a statue of Atlas himself, Atlas Arena was able to accommodate more than 30,000 spectators[1] and hosted Pyramid Worlds Championships games (CAP: "Unvanquished").

Team owner, wealthy industrialist Daniel Graystone, often frequented games at Atlas Arena, observing the matches from his luxurious owner's box with his wife, Doctor Amanda Graystone (CAP: "Rebirth").

Some 58 years before the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, an STO terrorist cell led by Sister Clarice Willow used holoband simulations of a bombing at Atlas Arena to convince monotheist leaders on Gemenon to accept Willow's notion of apotheosis (CAP: "Unvanquished"). After receiving approval from the Monad conclave, she and two of her husbands, Nestor Willow and Olaf Willow, prepared to make the simulation a reality along with a number of suicide bombers and STO confederates working at the Arena. Moments before the match between the Buccaneers and the Gemenon Twins was to begin, the attack was thwarted by a team of Cylons ordered into action by Daniel Graystone during the Battle of Atlas Arena, resulting in minimal damage (CAP: "Apotheosis").

Notes

  • According to BSG and Caprica visual effects supervisor Doug Drexler, Atlas Arena was based upon the architectural designs of Santiago Calatrava, "We decided that it’s architectural inspiration would come from renowned architect Calatrava. This ties nicely to the the Cylon Resurrection Ship from BSG, also Calatrava inspired. Atlas stadium was built by modeling maestro Pierre Drolet."[2]
  • Atlas Arena in the pilot episode of Caprica was shot at the General Motors Place in downtown Vancouver, home rink of the Vancouver Canucks. These scenes were later reshot on the Caprica sound stages for the aired version of the episode and all other subsequent episodes featuring Atlas Arena.

References

  1. In "Apotheosis", Sister Clarice claimed 100,000 Capricans would die in an attack on Atlas Arena.'
  2. Drexler, Doug (31 January 2010). caprica city (backup available on Archive.org) . Retrieved on 14 October 2010.


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