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SBD/June 24, 2013/Facilities
Saddledome Flooding Begins To Ebb; Flames Eye NHL Start Despite Extensive Damage
Published June 24, 2013
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COMMON PROBLEM: King said that he has "spoken to" Predators GM David Poile, whose team "faced fallout from a flood during the spring" of '10. King said that he also "has been in touch" with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and added that the "topic of contingency scheduling was never discussed." King said of the Saddledome, "It’s 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" (CALGARYHERALD.com, 6/22). The CP's Donna Spencer noted the facility has been "a part of the lifeblood of the city since it was built" in '83 for the arrival of the Flames and the '88 Winter Olympics. In addition to "serving as the home arena" of the Flames, WHL Hitmen and NLL Roughnecks, it is a "concert venue as well as exhibition space for the Calgary Stampede, which opens July 5." King "couldn’t begin to put a dollar figure on the loss." But he said, "We believe our insurance is full and intact and will cover us for this eventuality" (CP, 6/22). The CALGARY SUN's Francis noted the facility is "owned by the city but operated by the Flames as part of a lease agreement that ends" in '14 (CALGARYSUN.com, 6/21).