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The Province of Alberta, Canada, is facing severe flooding in a story that has largely avoided most American news outlets. The Calgary Flames home, the Scotiabank Saddledome, has suffered severe damage from Elbow River flooding, to the point that the upcoming Calgary Stampede is going to have to rethink its schedule, and talks are circulating that the arena may have so much damage, the Flames will need reserve accommodations even by this fall. Think Superdome after Hurricane Katrina.
Check out the below images from flames.nhl.com
Despite the carnage, Calgary Flames President and CEO thinks there will be no impacts to future events. According to the CBC.ca
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.
I don’t want to be too negative, but smaller market Canadian teams have been moved with less adversity. Our first hope is that the province of Alberta recovers with as minimal damage as can be expected, that sports can somehow bring the community together in that recovery, and the Calgary Flames have a sold out home opener next fall.
- David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)
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There has been massive flooding in Calgary, Alberta and the Calgary Flames arena, the Scotiabank Saddledome, has been devastated by the flooding. According to CBS Sports: Reports surfaced Friday that the water had reached as high as row 14 and that both locker rooms as well as the scoreboard operations room had been extensively damaged. The team said that even though the scoreboard...
Widespread flooding in Alberta has caused countless amounts of damage, including to the home of the Calgary Flames.
According to team president Ken King, the Saddledome has suffered a “total loss” at the event level, and the arena has been flooded with “millions and millions” of gallons of water, putting the first eight rows underwater.
A photo circulating online purports...
You've witnessed the Metrodome roof in Minneapolis collapse under snow and the Superdome in New Orleans trashed by Katrina, but you've never seen an arena devastated like this.
Flooding in Calgary has left much of the Scotiabank Saddledome underwater, and the pictures on the Flames' website are unbelievable.
The flooding reportedly reached as high as the 14th row, and...
Some nasty flooding has hit the Alberta province very hard and as of now has also been the cause for 75,000 people to be evacuated from their homes in Calgary. Thankfully no ‘deaths or injuries have been reported’ as of yet. However, it seems that one of the structural casualties is the Scotiabank Saddledome where the Calgary Flames play their home games.
BREAKING: Water is...
((HT: Calgary Flames/CBC))
Flames President and CEO Ken King held a press conference today to discuss the status of the submerged lower-half of the Saddledome. He also says that the building will be ready in nine days for Calgary Stampede activities.
Here's one of the photos released from the inside...
"We had a recovery action plan put in place immediately,"...
via the CP at Sportsnet,
The Calgary Flames say everything below row eight in the hockey team’s home arena has been ruined by flooding.
Team president Ken King calls it a total loss — dressing rooms, players’ equipment, seats, boards and scoreboard electronics.
King says a player coming out on the ice right now would be completely submerged.
He wouldn’t estimate...
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...
The Olympic Saddledome has been host to the Stanley Cup Final, Calgary Flames hockey and the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. Today, the iconic venue is in severe crisis mode. Extensive damage has been done. The Calgary Arena has severe flooding all the way up to the tenth row. Some reports say the water has risen to the 15th row.
The American MSM has been ominously silent on this- a major...