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07:20 AM ET 07.25 | Calgary has a good deal of work looming, but the work has begun. 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.

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July 25, 2013  09:00 AM ET

qwouldn't that be nice....I saw the pictures here, and I think it would be a major feat if they could...good luck

July 25, 2013  09:15 AM ET

"Saddledome ready for NHL preseason?"

Well, there's only 20 feet of water left to be pumped out. Whatever's left, they'll just open all the doors and windows to let it freeze over and .... let's drop the puck!

July 25, 2013  09:16 AM ET

Saddledome ready for NHL preseason?

That's a lot of Shamwows.

July 25, 2013  09:37 AM ET

It would be pretty close to miraculous if the Saddledome is usable and safe by the start of the season.

Best of luck to them !

July 25, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It would be pretty close to miraculous if the Saddledome is usable and safe by the start of the season.Best of luck to them !

Agreed. And the same holds true for the team too.

July 25, 2013  10:58 AM ET

Agree...that was some crazy flooding

July 25, 2013  11:18 AM ET

it's amazing what you can accomplish when you work for the common good. If this was in say....NYC...they'd still be fighting over contractors

July 25, 2013  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Agree...that was some crazy flooding

HC would know firsthand.

July 25, 2013  12:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

it's amazing what you can accomplish when you work for the common good. If this was in say....NYC...they'd still be fighting over contractors

If it were New Orleans, they would all be sitting around blaming W, and waiting for the government to bail them out

July 25, 2013  12:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

HC would know firsthand.

Yup - my Sisters restaurant , and Parents home took a beating. Private Contractors from Alberta , Saskabush, and B.C. are making a killing here right now.
Anyone that wonders just how much dough these owners have needs to look at everything they are replacing without any hesitation. Ice plant , seats, locker rooms, all hockey equipment , locker rooms,training facilities and equip. Admin areas...etc etc...amazing deep pockets.

July 25, 2013  12:27 PM ET
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If it were New Orleans, they would all be sitting around blaming W, and waiting for the government to bail them out

We are pretty sure Matt Cooke is involved somehow

July 25, 2013  12:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

We are pretty sure Matt Cooke is involved somehow

I'd blame Kobe but its the wrong thread...

July 25, 2013  12:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I'd blame Kobe but its the wrong thread...

Don't forget A-Roid

July 25, 2013  01:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

If it were New Orleans, they would all be sitting around blaming W, and waiting for the government to bail them out

its gubamint

July 25, 2013  01:23 PM ET
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its gubamint

Almost typed that, but did not want to be accused of being raaaaaaaaaaacist

July 25, 2013  02:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Yup - my Sisters restaurant , and Parents home took a beating. Private Contractors from Alberta , Saskabush, and B.C. are making a killing here right now.Anyone that wonders just how much dough these owners have needs to look at everything they are replacing without any hesitation. Ice plant , seats, locker rooms, all hockey equipment , locker rooms,training facilities and equip. Admin areas...etc etc...amazing deep pockets.

have a friend that's in that line of work...his bro is in Calgary and suggested that he go pick up some work. He jumped on a plane out west, proceeded to work double shifts non-stop ever since...says its unreal how much damage there is.

July 25, 2013  03:00 PM ET
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have a friend that's in that line of work...his bro is in Calgary and suggested that he go pick up some work. He jumped on a plane out west, proceeded to work double shifts non-stop ever since...says its unreal how much damage there is.

a small positive is that you can drive almost anywhere else in Alberta on a highway and NOT get held up by road construction/repairs. Most summers it is maddening , but very scarce this year.

July 25, 2013  04:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

HC would know firsthand.

Hold on a bit! HC is in his canoe on his way over there to check it out. We should have a live update shortly.

July 25, 2013  04:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

If it were New Orleans, they would all be sitting around blaming W, and waiting for the government to bail them out

Somebody ought to tell GW about it. Maybe he can find Katrina over there and bring her to justice.

 
July 25, 2013  07:39 PM ET
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Saddledome ready for NHL preseason?That's a lot of Shamwows.

That hyper-active kid that sold those had to be on something.

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