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MidMichSteve

Saddledome Under Water

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Hope the rivers are going down soon so the people can get back into their hopefully undamaged homes.

Flames GM already warned people to not enter the building.

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We could really use some of that water here in CO. We've got 7 active wildfires going right now, two others were just contained this past week. Too bad it can't be transported. I feel bad for them. Disasters are no picnic.

I'm pretty sure the military has 1500 troops that went there to help with flood relief and what not. I flew through Calgary on my way to the base in Comox last monday, a couple days before the flood hit. That could have been messy. Not sure if the airport got hit, but some flights there had some extra time in the sky circling and what not. Hopefully they get everything sorted out quick there and the people of Calgary get their lives back on track.

On a less serious note, with the horrendous team they have this coming season, I can't see the Saddlesome getting much more full than 10 rows.

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I've heard of unusual amount of rain in Pennsylvania. Does anybody know if mario house is anywhere close to some river?...

We've been getting thunderstorms basically every evening for the past 400 days. It's like Florida weather. Hot, humid, wonderful, unbearable, then it rains. A lot.

But I'm in Eastern PA, whereas the Pens are Western. I don't know how they're faring. I wish only bad things on them and their fans.

Sucks about Calgary. Never leave your jumbotron on the floor, I guess.

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Sucks about Calgary. Never leave your jumbotron on the floor, I guess.

Did it need to be fixed I wonder, be only reason you'd think it should be on the floor.

So how they plan on cleaning that mud up?

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Update I saw on Puck Daddy. Looks like the Saddledome is nearly ready to go...

http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/hockey/calgary-flames/Saddledome+nearly+ready+open+after/8876210/story.html

Technically, the first tenants are The Eagles on Sept. 11.

But a few days later, on Sept. 14 when the Calgary Flames host the Edmonton Oilers, the Scotiabank Saddledome will officially be back in business.

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About seventy-five days ago, the entire building had been under 10 feet of water when Calgary and southern Alberta were hit with intense flooding. Everything from Row 8 of the lower bowl had been destroyed. Anything with soft surfaces including around 2,500 seats — gone. Compressors that run the ice plant? Gone. Electrical equipment — also gone. Training equipment, jerseys, hockey gear, team memorabilia couldn’t be salvaged. Silt and muddy water was everywhere.

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Blanchard said a redesign would have taken months longer. So, the contractors arrived and the work started before they had construction work permits or plans in place. All of it equated to 69 days straight of two shifts of 12 hours (with 300-400 workers during the day; 150-200 at night).

“We compressed a six-month job into two months,” Blanchard said. “There were about 650,000-man hours put in on this project in two months ... I’m surprised we’re at the level we’re at right now. I knew we’d be able to put on events, concerts and hockey. But to have the level of finishing we have now, I didn’t think that was possible.

It makes for a good read, to hear how bad it was, and how far they've come in such a short timeframe.

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Interesting how this was resurrected...Just posted a comment on the Brian Burke thread a few minutes ago about the flooding...

EDIT - awesome job by the Saddledome employees, and everyone else who helped with the clean up, and repairs :clap:

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I was thinking of updating this earlier. I saw a couple of full-size pics of the inside, when the water was up to the tenth row. For whatever reasons, I'd never seen the pics @ full size. Amazing stuff, and somehow more "real," I feel, for having been taken with a cell phone (or some manner of fairly inexpensive camera).

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