The Calgary Flames announced Thursday that the organization will be cancelling Red Lot viewing parties for Game 2 and Game 3 of their playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers because of a storm that tore through the city a day earlier.
In a news release, the NHL hockey club said Friday’s and Sunday’s viewing parties had to be cancelled “due to damage suffered to the site during yesterday’s windstorm, and inclement weather in the forecast.”
The Red Lot allows thousands of fans to watch Flames playoff games outside together on the Stampede Grounds on multiple large screens for free.
The Flames cancelled Wednesday’s viewing party for Game 1 against the Oilers because of the wind gusts. A Global News crew at the scene noted that the wind was so powerful it ripped a hole through the back of a stage at the site.
Despite the disappointing news about the Red Lot, the Flames also announced Thursday that the Scotiabank Saddledome will be opened for Game 3 on Sunday when the Flames will play in Edmonton so that fans can congregate for a “C of Red Family Viewing Party.”
“Tickets will be free but must be secured in advance,” the Flames said. “(There will be a) maximum of four tickets each.
“We ask that you please only secure what you know you will use to avoid wasted tickets.”
The Flames noted the indoor viewing party will see the arena operate “at a reduced capacity for this event.”
“We understand that demand for ‘C of Red Family Viewing Party’ tickets will potentially outweigh supply, and would like to reiterate our tremendous gratitude for the extraordinary support of the C of Red,” the club said. “Updates regarding future viewing parties will be provided as available.”
Tickets for the Game 3 viewing party at the Saddledome will be available here beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The arena will be open to fans with tickets on Sunday beginning at 5 p.m.
The Flames won the opening game of their series against the Oilers by a score of 9-6 on Wednesday.