Brier preparations continue despite TD Place roof leak, organizers say
'Once-in-a-lifetime' leak result of heavy snowfall, OSEG CEO says
The organizers of the upcoming Tim Hortons Brier say they are not concerned about a leaky roof at its host venue in Ottawa that forced a junior hockey game to be rescheduled over the weekend.
The annual curling championships will be held at TD Place from March 5-13.
The head of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group said the record snowfall of more than 50 cm in a single day on Feb. 16 followed by rain and a "sudden melt" on Saturday led to an "isolated" leak in the southwest corner of the arena.
"Our work crew did their very best to deal with the situation and to try to manage the leak that occurred but the referee determined that the ice was unsafe in that particular spot in the corner," OSEG CEO Bernie Ashe said.
The Ottawa 67's will host the Niagara IceDogs at TD Place today to make up for the cancelled Saturday game.
Curling Canada is aware of the weekend leak.
"No, we do not have any concerns," Curling Canada spokeswoman Jennifer Sharkey told CBC News in an email.
History of leaks
Leaks in the roof of the arena, formerly called the Civic Centre, have previously led to the cancellations of games and was the subject of a $24-million lawsuit between the City of Ottawa and OSEG.
Ashe said the part of the roof that caused leaks in the past has been fixed and was not the source of the problem over the weekend. He said water from the stadium's north stands ran down the girder into the arena.
"It's a 50-year-old building that has had some leaks in it over time, and we just replaced the roof ... that part of the roof did not leak," he said.
"We're managing the situation. We're quite confident that this was an unusual event. Probably, it was a once-in-a-lifetime storm, let's hope it's a once-in-a-lifetime leak."