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Flames say Saddledome will be ready for preseason

Jul 24, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT


Some good news out of Calgary on Wednesday, as the Flames announced the Saddledome will be sufficiently recovered from flood damage to host NHL games this season.

“From a public standpoint, and from a hockey standpoint, we want everything to be operational. This week was the time to decide if we could proceed as planned,” Flames’ president and CEO Ken King said Wednesday, as per the Globe and Mail.

“The answer is yes.”

In late June, floods throughout Southern Alberta hit the Saddledome hard. Standing water rose to the eighth row of seats, and there was significant damage to kitchen areas and electronic headquarters for the arena’s digital screen scoreboard.

Here’s more, from the Globe:

No official cost has been put on the damage done to the Saddledome. All King would say on the subject was the facility has insurance coverage and that the paperwork is being done.

As with any renovation work, things can go off the rails – unexpected problems can pop up, delays can occur. King repeated all was on time and proceeding well, although he did acknowledge backup plans had been discussed.

Beyond that, he declined comment.

The Flames’ preseason schedule gets underway with split squad games on Sept. 14 (one in Edmonton, one in Calgary).

From there, the team has games on the 16th and 17th to be played in Saskatchewan (Saskatoon and Regina, respectively) before returning to the Saddledome for its two final exhibition games — against the Rangers on Sept. 23, and the Coyotes on Sept. 25.

Calgary’s home opener for the 2013-14 regular season is scheduled for Oct. 6, against the Canucks.

  1. murtdurt - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    This is great news! It also means concerts that were planned for September will also go on as scheduled

  2. sjsharks66 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Can you imagine all the work that needs to be done. What a headache!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      One serious concern would have to be hidden damage they find during recovery work that might require more extensive repairs.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        The event level (ice level) was completely demolished down to the cinder blocks and cement as soon as they pumped the water out, and is being completely rebuilt. They’re redoing it all, the only exception being the coils underneath the cement, last I heard they believe that it was in complete working condition. As weird as it sounds apparently the engineers designed the dome with the idea that something like this could happen, and because of that the building and floor are completely sound.

        Having said all that, the building has about 3 years left as an NHL building (rumors around the city were that they have designs, funding ideas, and location of the new building ready to go and were going to announce it in the lead up to the draft, but due to the flood they’ve put it on hold) I’m pretty sure they’ll do everything possible to make it completely functional and a reasonable NHL arena…but probably no more than that.

        One interesting side note is that the province of Alberta has announced that they will pay for people’s houses in exchange for them to not build again on flood plains, the Saddledome sits right on a huge flood plain, no idea if the City of Calgary (the owners of the building) can declare that for the Saddledome and get provincial funding as a way to get around the province’s “no money for sports arenas” policy.

  3. packerswin96 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    That is too bad, was hoping to watch the Habs vs. the Flames in Saskatoon in October, oh well. I am happy for Calgary, the sooner they get back to normal the better.

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