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Rain forces roof to remain closed at Heritage Classic

Mar 2, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT

Canucks AP

It might be safer to say that the 2014 Heritage Classic wraps up the NHL’s slate of games in unusual venues rather than outdoor contests, as the league decided to keep BC Palace’s retractable roof closed because of rain.

One can only imagine the snark floating around the Internet because of this decision, but it makes sense from a logistical and safety standpoint. It’s likely that the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators probably appreciate a situation that results in superior ice conditions.

The game is on NBCSN and can be streamed live by clicking on the link below.


Fun fact from the telecast: it’s apparently the largest cable-supported roof in the world.

  1. killerpgh - Mar 2, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Kind of ruins the whole “out door game”. Now it’s just a overpriced ticket with bigger attendances at a neutral stadium.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 2, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Snark? What snark? I tip my cap to the heroic players, officials and coaches who are somehow braving the elements there.

  3. mrhyperpants - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    $500 million well spent then. Good enough for the Blackhawks and Penguins to play on a blizzard. Why can’t this game be in played in the rain.

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    I predicted this the day they announced the game, it rains in Vancouver during the winter. Nothing like overpriced tickets in a sterile environment that has bad sight lines! The only plus from this game is that we got to see both teams wear sweet uniforms.

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