Scotiabank Saddledome suffers flooding damage, no events cancelled
Saddledome flooding (photo courtesy: Calgary Flames)
Published Saturday, June 22, 2013 4:01PM MDT
Last Updated Saturday, June 22, 2013 5:11PM MDT
The home of the Calgary Flames has suffered severe damage as water from the Elbow River has left the ice surface, dressing rooms, mechanical rooms and several rows of seating submerged.
“If you walked out of the tunnel to the ice, you would be completely under water,” says Ken King, Calgary Flames President and CEO. “Total loss on the event level”
King asks Calgarians to stay away from the building as it’s not safe. The water is receding and plans are underway to bring in pumps.
Despite the damage, King says the beginning of the hockey season is not in jeopardy.
“We’re going to be ready for the opening of the season.”
During the Calgary Stampede, agricultural events and concerts by the Dixie Chicks, KISS, and Carly Rae Jepsen are slated for the Saddledome. King is optimistic all events will go ahead as scheduled.