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Arena Key to NHL Restart Suffers Storm Damage

Andy Berg

The National Hockey League took a step back in its efforts to restart its season after one of the arenas it’s using in its return was flooded during a storm. 

Rogers Place in Edmonton, which is one of two arenas currently in use by the NHL, suffered extensive water damage as a storm passed through the city.

Oilers Entertainment Group said in a statement that was reported by ESPN that it was assessing the damage and "at this time are confident that it will not hamper our planning and preparation and we will be ready to host the return of NHL hockey as hub city."

Initial reports from the arena management put damage in the “terminus of Ford Hall,” which is in the foyer just of the main entry. Leaks were also found in other parts of the building.

The arena is only four years old. The NHL is hoping to create an “Olympic Village”-type district around the arena, with teams staying at a hotel connected to Rogers Place.

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