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Calgary Flames aiming to renovate Saddledome in time for training camp

Good news for Calgarians from the Globe and Mail's Alan Maki:

The dressing rooms are being rebuilt. Mechanical equipment is being replaced. Even the Calgary Flames’ administrative staffers have moved back into their offices.

Slowly yet steadily, the restoration of the Scotiabank Saddledome continues in the wake of June’s mammoth flooding, which caused the inside of the 19,000-seat facility to fill with enough water to submerge the entire rink area and the first eight rows of seats.

On Tuesday, team and building officials met to discuss where they were in their efforts and if they could still meet their target date of having the Saddledome ready for hockey by Sept. 1. That would allow the Flames to play their four home preseason games at the Saddledome in preparation for their NHL regular season home opener Oct. 6 against the Vancouver Canucks.

“From a public standpoint, and from a hockey standpoint, we want everything to be operational. This week was the time to decide if we could proceed as planned,” Flames’ president and CEO Ken King said Wednesday, “and the answer is yes.”


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