City shares plans for safe celebrations for second round of NHL Playoffs
Yahoo, the Calgary Flames have made it to round two of the NHL playoffs against historic rivals, the Edmonton Oilers! The City of Calgary plans to continue its support of safe celebrations either at home, in your community, at a local restaurant or bar, at the Calgary Flames Red Lot on Stampede Grounds, or on 17 Avenue S.W.
The City, along with our partners, the Calgary Flames, Calgary Police Service, Alberta Health Services (AHS), Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC), 17th Avenue BIA and the Community Associations of Beltline and Mount Royal continue to work together to support a safe Red Mile experience that allows citizens to celebrate the Flames’ chase the Stanley Cup, as well as support local businesses, and showcase community spirit in our city.
“Calgarians are excited about our home team being in the playoffs and we’re ready for another round of exciting hockey in the Battle of Alberta,” said Mayor Gondek. “Hockey fans, businesses and Flames players have waited a long time for this kind of electric feeling to be in the air again. I’m really pleased with the way The City of Calgary has collaborated to create great experiences for everyone to enjoy during this series.”
“We are very pleased with round one, as not only did the Flames win, but the majority of citizens and hockey fans were respectful of local businesses, residents, laws and bylaws while celebrating, “said Ben Brackett, Team Lead for Festivals and Events with The City of Calgary. “Calgarians have a long history of celebrating in a safe and respectful manner, and we expect that to continue in the second round.”
The following is an overview of the measures in place for this second round of NHL playoffs. As with the first round, measures will be adjusted as required.
Round Two of NHL Playoffs
The iconic Calgary Stampede Showband will perform tonight on 17 Avenue S.W. (starting at 5 Street S.W.) at 6:10 p.m. for a short, energizing pre-game performance.
After performing on 17 Avenue S.W., the Showband will head to the Palace Theatre on 8 Avenue S.W. for a performance at 6:45 p.m. There will also be additional street entertainment before each home game in the communities around the Scotiabank Saddledome.
“We’ve consulted with the Calgary Flames, AHS, AGLC, 17th Avenue BIA and the Community Associations of Beltline and Mount Royal to make sure any planned pre-game outdoor entertainment is successful in supporting an environment of fun and safe celebrations while contributing to Calgary’s great community spirit,” adds Brackett.
After each home game, roads may temporarily be closed to ensure everyone safely exits the Scotiabank Saddledome and Red Lot. We encourage all Calgarians to stay off the road in order to stay safe and allow traffic to move.
Temporary Road Closure & Parking Bans
17 Avenue S.W. will be closed from 4 Street S.W. to 5 Street S.W. tonight for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. for the Showband performance. Local residents and fans heading downtown for tonight’s game should look up possible detours, expect traffic delays and try to leave extra time when travelling before and after playoff games.
Parking bans will be in effect along 17 Avenue S.W. between Macleod Trail S.W. and 9 Street S.W. starting at 6 p.m. during both home and away playoff games. Parking bans will also be in effect along 11 Avenue S.E. from 1 Street S.E. to 5 Street S.E. It is recommended that all scooter riders use the bike lanes on 5 Street and 12 Street S.W. Scooter riders are reminded there can only be one rider at a time and no ‘doubling’ is permitted. This will help facilitate the flow of traffic and enhance safety.
On Calgary Flames home game nights, The City will continue to add extra transit service to help support demand.
We remind anyone taking Calgary Transit that provincial rules still require you to wear face coverings while riding with us.
Travel to and from Calgary Flames playoff home games and 17 Avenue S.W. safely. If you are planning to drink, please use Calgary Transit or the services of a rideshare, taxi or limo – always remember to check the identity of both the driver and their vehicle before you get in.
Alcohol is only permitted in licensed establishments and public consumption of cannabis is not allowed. Alcohol is not permitted in Tomkins Park (17 Avenue S.W. & 8 Street S.W.) as part of The City’s alcohol in parks program for the duration of the Flames’ playoff run.
Police and Community Peace Officers
There will be additional police and community peace officers on game nights to support safety on 17 Avenue S.W. The City’s 311 Operations Centre remains open 24 hours a day.
For health and safety information about the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit alberta.ca/covid and follow all provincial recommendations and guidelines, including staying home when feeling unwell.
For more information, visit calgary.ca/RedMile
GO FLAMES GO!