CALGARY - The Saddledome is flooded up to row 10 and Calgary Stampede officials say they can only hope to overcome a flood-swamped exhibition grounds and put on the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth next month.
When asked if the show will definitely be a go, Stampede spokesman Kurt Kadatz said: “We’ll do an assessment of the situation and are working hard to deliver the 2013 Stampede.”
With only two weeks until the Stampede is scheduled to begin, facilities throughout the park were mired in muddy water Friday from an overflowed Elbow River.
Kadatz said the scope of the damage won’t be entirely clear until the water’s recede.
He wouldn’t comment on the possibility of a scaled-back show.
“It’s too early for us to speculate,” Kadatz said.
Photos of the grounds show horse barns and the Stampede infield submerged. Stampede venues at the Saddledome, including the Hot Stove Lounge and Ed Whalen Media Lounge were also destroyed.
The Stampede — which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year — hasn’t missed a year since the First World War era.
At the Saddledome, home to the Calgary Flames, everything under the first 10 rows was under water Friday — the dressing rooms, the Jumbotron room and all its equipment believed destroyed.
The Scotiabank Saddledome in downtown Calgary on June 21, 2013. Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency
So too is the memorabilia, including a massive championship Calgary Flames photo from 1989 signed by most of the players.
“It’s shocking what we are looking at,” said Libby Raines, VP building operations for the Calgary Flames.