Five thousand Alberta hockey fans will need to find another place to watch Game 1 of the Battle of Alberta Wednesday night after the Calgary Flames canceled the outdoor Red Lot viewing party.
“Due to extremely high and damaging winds at Stampede Park, the Red Lot Community Viewing Party will, unfortunately, be canceled for the evening,” the Flames said at 6 pm
The club said the decision was made out of an abundance of caution for patrons.
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High winds kicked up and blew through the stage before non-staff were evacuated from the area.
Global News weather expert Paul Dunphy said winds tasted to 73 km/h at Calgary International Airport late in the afternoon and other areas saw 60 km/h gusts.
Tickets were free of charge to the event, but only those with tickets could attend the viewing party. Capacity was limited to 5,000 people.
Previous Red Lot viewing parties featured multiple large screens, a stage and a giant goal light.
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