Flames say they will be ready for next season


Calgary Flames president Ken King addressed the massive flooding that left the team’s Scotiabank Saddledome in a press conference on Saturday, including a prediction that the team will be prepared for the 2013-14 season.

“We are going to be ready for the start of the season,” King said.

We’ll see if the Saddledome itself is good to go, though.

King said that the flooding is currently resting at the eighth row.

” … It is a total loss on the event level,” King said. “It’s very difficult to describe millions, millions of gallons of water sitting (in the Saddledome).”

Update: the team has a gallery of photos, including this disturbing image:


Vice president of building operations Libby Raines seems optimistic about the Saddeldome’s long-term viability.

“We’re fairly confident that we’re structurally intact,” Raines said. “The water is receding now.”

It sounds like the Flames still have a lot to sort out, but at least they’re positive about getting through some challenging times.

The team is also getting behind the community, as you can see from this “#wearecalgary” campaign.