Thunderstorm floods Edmonton's Rogers Place, hub plans OK: Oilers Entertainment Group
EDMONTON -- A massive rainstorm flooded a cornerstone of one of the NHL's hub city locations Thursday evening.
The Oilers Entertainment Group in Edmonton confirmed "Rogers Place has suffered some water damage to the terminus of Ford Hall, along with some smaller leaks in other parts of the building."
A video posted and later deleted from the Oilers subReddit showed water cascading through the ceiling and pooling on the floor of the 104 Avenue entrance.
"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," spokesperson Tim Shipton wrote in a statement.
"We will share more information as it becomes available."
The arena is owned by the City of Edmonton and has been open since 2016. It can accommodate crowds of 18,500 for hockey games, and 20,700 for concerts.
According to TSN Insider Darren Dreger, the NHL was not concerned about the Thursday storm.
Edmonton was placed under a thunderstorm warning earlier that day by Environment and Climate Change Canada.
The city was recently chosen alongside Toronto to host the Stanley Cup playoff series. Twenty-four teams are expected to land in the cities for games starting Aug. 1.