Photos from inside Scotiabank Saddledome, courtesy of the Calgary Flames official website.
Damage looks extensive. Thousands of seats will need to be ripped out. Media rooms are apparently destroyed, along with the dressing rooms. Zambonis are likely flooded out. Ice making equipment is likely destroyed. Apparently the hub for the jumbotron has also been destroyed
Flames president Ken King claims that the arena will be ready for the start of the season, but I find that highly doubtful. I just can’t see any chance that all the necessary repairs will be done in time for training camp in September. My best guess? Saskatoon will finally get their NHL team, albeit for only the preseason, and maybe part of the first month of the season. The Credit Union Centre is the closest NHL sized building to Calgary, Rexall Place aside (No chance whatsoever that the Flames would ever play a home game in Edmonton). As for the Hitmen and Roughnecks, I could see them playing in Red Deer or Lethbridge for a bit, sharing an arena with the Rebels or Hurricanes, as the WHL season starts earlier than the NHL season. This is all pure speculation on my part, but these repairs will take months.
I really cannot wait until my boyfriend is all healed up from his surgery so we can have insanely awesome sex all night/day/whenever