Storm causes damage but Rogers Place structurally sound, Edmonton’s mayor says

July 18, 2020
Storm causes damage but Rogers Place structurally sound, Edmonton's mayor says

Edmonton’s mayor says a preliminary assessment shows storm damage to Rogers Place is not structural and the arena will be able to hold upcoming NHL games.

Don Iveson says photos of Thursday night’s flooding and damage to the arena’s roof are concerning.

“The damage is cosmetic and is to the roof’s surface, as opposed to any structural damage,” Iveson told a news conference Friday.

 “It doesn’t look good but … the building is sound and it will be possible to recover from this quickly.”

The four-year-old arena is part of a complex in Edmonton’s downtown.

Workers inspect the damage caused by flooding at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (Craig Ryan/CBC)

Oilers Entertainment Group, which leases the arena from the city, said in a statement that significant rain, mixed with hail, led to pressure on the arena’s storm drainage system. Water damage was restricted to Ford Hall and the mezzanine level corridor.

“We do not foresee any significant delays or barriers to either the Edmonton Oilers training camp or preparations and activities related to our hosting as the NHL hub city for the 2020 NHL playoffs,” the group said.

Water pours off a section of Rogers Place following a thunderstorm in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (Craig Ryan/CBC)

Edmonton and Toronto were chosen as hub cities for the NHL playoffs that were suspended when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March.

Teams are to arrive in the cities in just over a week and games are to start Aug. 1.

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