Rogers Place Damaged By “Significant Storm”

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The Oilers Entertainment Group announced on Thursday that Rogers Place, home of the Edmonton Oilers and the Western Conference’s hub city for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, was damaged by a “significant storm.” However, the company is optimistic Rogers Place will be ready to host the Western Conference teams on August 1.

“A significant storm came through Edmonton earlier this evening,” The Oilers Entertainment Group said in a statement issued Thursday evening. “As a result, Rogers Place has suffered some water damage to the terminus of Ford Hall, along with some smaller leaks in other parts of the building.

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“We are assessing the damage and at this time are confident that it will not hamper our planning and preparation and we will be ready to host the return of NHL hockey as [a] hub city.”

Heavy rain started to fall in Edmonton on Thursday afternoon and flooded at least one underpass on Whitemud Drive, a busy freeway in the city.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for various parts of central Alberta on Thursday, including for Edmonton. A tornado watch was even issued by Environment Canada for some areas south of the city. The watch was still in effect shortly before 7 PM MT.

Oilers Entertainment Group spokesman Tim Shipton told the Associated Press the storm that also brought hail caused leaks in one of the entrance hallways and smaller leaks elsewhere.

“We are assessing the damage and at this time are confident that it will not hamper our planning and preparation and we will be ready to host the return of NHL hockey as hub city,” Shipton said.

Last week, an Edmonton hospital saw a little COVID-19 outbreak but that has not impacted the NHL yet at least.

Rogers Place will also host all of the Stanley Cup Playoffs’ rounds three and four.

By Harrison

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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2 Responses to Rogers Place Damaged By “Significant Storm”

  1. Scottlew73 says:

    Too bad the “genius” that owns the team didn’t think of this eventually happening when he built street level arena!! Northlands/Rexall never had this issue!!

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