Saddledome re-opens for business

On Wednesday Sept. 11, the Scotiabank Saddledome opened its doors for the first time since June’s devastating flood.

The Eagles played successful back to back shows for 13,000 fans per night.

“It’s hard to believe that the ‘dome was able to open in time,” said Saddledome usher Mike Smith.

“I’m very excited to get back to work after a long summer off.”

The flood left the stadium and the first eight rows of the bowl completely submerged under water. Staff were excited to see completely refurbished locker and break rooms.

“The lunchroom is completely redone and is much more practical for staff breaks,” said Smith.

“And the locker rooms will take a little getting used to, but it’s all for the best,” Smith added.

The 2013 Alberta floods left many sports and music fans doubting that they would be able to see their beloved sports teams or favourite bands in the calendar year. But thanks to some hard work and perseverance, the Saddledome was able to open just in time for the Calgary Flame’s pre-season.

“It has been tough not working all summer, and not knowing if we would be back in the ‘dome in time for the season,” said usher and second- year travel and tourism student Chad Sykes.

“I think it’s great for the fans, the staff, and the city to have our Flames back home,” Chad Sykes added.

The Saddledome had not hosted an event since WWE’s Monday Night Raw, which was held at the end of May. June was a slow month by Saddledome standards with no events scheduled throughout the entire month.

The next scheduled events after WWE Raw were highly publicized concerts that coincided with Calgary’s annual summer attraction, the Calgary Stampede. But because of the  June 21 flood, events scheduled at the Saddledome were indefinitely postponed.

“I was not surprised when I heard the first batch of concert cancellations,” said Matt Brosseau, an employee of Ticketmaster and second-year SAIT travel and tourism student.

“It was quite odd not having concerts during the Stampede, they are always such a major part every year,” Matt Brosseau adds.

Kiss, The Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw and Carly Rae Jepsen were some of the acts forced to abandon their scheduled tour dates. Other acts, including Bruno Mars, Rush and Selena Gomez, had to cancel or relocate their events.

I think it’s great for the fans, the staff and the city to have our Flames back home. – Chad Sykes

Selena Gomez moved her concert to Lethbridge, while Rush took its tour to Red Deer. The Rush concert raised around half a million dollars, according to globalnews.ca, and donated all concert proceeds to the Alberta flood relief.

All the acts that had to cancel because of the flood have since rescheduled to later dates, with the exceptions of Bruno Mars and Carly Rae Jepsen, who have yet to reschedule.

For a list of scheduled events, see the Scotiabank Saddledome website.

About Andrew Halipchuk 6 Articles
As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Andrew Halipchuk worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.

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