Friday, June 21, 2013

Saddledome In A World Of Hurt From Calgary Flooding

((HT: SI.com/Muir))

Full disclosure: The HQ has friends in the industry who are working this story and we hope that they're safe in all of this, but the Bow and Elbow rivers have pole vaulted their banks from rain in Alberta province and the subsequent flooding.

The Saddledome, a venue where the HQ has covered events in the past, is flooded...

Not just "basement flooded," but "flooded to the 14th row of lower bowl seats and having the private boxes in jeopardy" kind of flooding..."

Julie Van Rosendaal of CBC Radio tweeted out the picture from Scotsman's Hill...

The Calgary Stampede is set for July 5th, but it may be in jeopardy as well...

According to reports, in the Dome, the visitor locker rooms and the media room, which run scoreboard operations have been heavily damaged.

The Saddledome is the home of the NHL's Calgary Flames along with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League and is used for the annual Stampede event. There are also several significant concerts booked over the next several weeks.

The Stampede starts July 5th, which doesn't leave much time to get the arena and area in good working order. The challenge is, the water has yet to subside and it's not known when that is going to happen.

Video and story by The Canadian Press:



And here's the local CBC Evening News from Calgary- scary stuff...

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