Flames’ arena left under water by floods

By on June 25, 2013

Flames president Ken King says the stadium’s locker rooms, coaches’ offices, kitchen and mechanical equipment are under 15 feet of water.

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Flames president Ken King says the stadium’s locker rooms, coaches’ offices, kitchen and mechanical equipment are under 15 feet of water.

Catastrophic floods in Calgary have put out the Flames.

The NHL club’s home, Scotiabank Saddledome, is underwater and stunning photos on the team’s website show the destruction inside the building following floods that have put tens of thousands of Alberta residents out of their homes and is being blamed for at least three deaths.

Despite the devastation, Ken King expects Scotiabank Saddledome to be open for the start of the 2013-14 season.

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Despite the devastation, Ken King expects Scotiabank Saddledome to be open for the start of the 2013-14 season.

Water inside the arena reached at least the 10th row of seating, leading the Flames’ president, Ken King, to call it, “a total loss.”

“There was nothing saved. All the mechanical equipment — including the equipment which drives our JumboTron equipment — is, at this moment, under about 15 feet of water and not salvageable, I assume,” King told the Calgary Herald.

Underneath all of that water is the controls for the stadium’s JumboTron.

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Underneath all of that water is the controls for the stadium’s JumboTron.

In addition to the JumboTron, the locker rooms, coaches’ offices, ice plant and kitchens were all completely flooded. The Western Canadian province was walloped by flooding in 2005 as well, resulting in some $ 383 million in damages, and the fear is that the recovery for this latest flood will be even costlier.

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Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome is under water after catastrophic floods soak the Western Canadian province.

Courtesy of the Calgary Flames

Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome is under water after catastrophic floods soak the Western Canadian province.

The 30-year-old Saddledome hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics and is also home to the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitment and the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks. Both leagues are in their offseason.

King told the paper that he spoke with his counterpart in Nashville, Predators GM David Poile, for tips on a recovery plan. The Bridgestone Arena was flooding during the 2010 Tennessee floods that saw 19 inches of rain fall on Nashville and the surrounding areas over a two-day period.

King added that he also spoke with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman but said that the two did not discuss scheduling for the 2013-14 season. It will be about three months before the Saddledome is expected to host an NHL game, though the Calgary Stampede, an annual rodeo exhibition, is still scheduled to open there next week.

As far as hockey goes, King vowed that they will be ready when the first puck is scheduled to drop next year.

“We’re going to be ready for the opening of the season,” he said.


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