Businesses near Saddledome eager for reopening
Closure of flood-damaged Calgary Flames home-ice was hard on local bars, restaurants
People at the restaurants and bars near the Scotiabank Saddledome are happy to hear the flood-damaged rink will soon be back in business.
June’s floodwaters reached the eighth row of seats in the dome’s lower bowl, submerging the Calgary Flames dressing room and causing extensive damage to the building’s mechanical systems.
Two months later, Saddledome officials say restoration work will be complete by Sept. 1.
Stephen Romeike, who owns Melrose bar in the nearby Cowboys Casino, said he’s counting the days.
"Any night when there's a game or an event at the Saddledome our crowd is 60 to 75 per cent … from the dome," he said.
Lounge Burger restaurant server Andrea Price is also happy the dome will reopen soon.
"Having the Flames be able to play all of their games here in Calgary is going to mean more business for us... and more money for us girls," she said.
"We all go to school so this is kind of our bread and butter."
The Saddledome’s first big event will be a concert by the Eagles on Sept. 11.