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09-02-2013, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by smithy View Post
The canal is viable. You would simply plan the game at the time when the ice is expected to be at its thickest, right in the early-to-middle part of the canal season (around late January or early February). The cost of setting up the stands would probably range from high six figures (to set them up on the Colonel By and Queen Elizabeth drives) to a couple million (to pile-drive them into Dow's Lake). That expense would be higher than renting out the stadium, but Canada's 150th anniversary (and the NHL's 100th) only happens once!
The All Star Game was Jan 29, and that weekend nearly all of the activities planned for the canal had had to be cancelled.

Even a week or two later after it was reopened it is questionable if it could safely hold thousands of fans.

Some years the canal closes the third week of February.

However lots of other events could be planned for the canal, and by that time there should be the new outdoor rink at Lansdowne as well as the Rink of Dreams as a fall back if the canal is not ready.

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