Support parked outside 'Dome

PABLO FERNANDEZ --Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:22 PM ET

 As the Saddledome thunders with every Flames attack against their Vancouver foes, those standing outside the arena did their best to stay on top of the game.

 Although thousands found Flames ecstasy while sitting in their 'Dome seats, many others stayed outside ushering traffic that popped in and out of Stampede Park as the game played on.

  But parking attendants are also Flames fans and they follow the game as best they can, even when their jobs require them to stay outside of the action.

 "I'm a Flames fan and I'm going to be calling in," said Saddledome parking attendant Alex Bearchief as he pointed at his hip radio.

 "Usually, when people come out for a smoke break, they'll yell out the score and I can hear them."

 "But I would rather be in there."

 Across the street from the 'Dome, cheering fans could be heard spreading fan spirit to the surrounding communities.

 George Fitzpatrick runs a private parking operation across the street from the 'Dome and says business was hopping.

 "It has its moments," he said with a smile.

 A true Flames fan, Fitzpatrick said: "We have a TV out here and we can watch the game in the lot at the same time."

 Hundreds of parked cars in the area were decorated with Flames and Stanley Cup emblems and paraphernalia.

 Meanwhile, dozens of attendants kept things in order, but some fans still managed to find creative places to park, such as back lanes and front lawns.

 Attendants themselves showed their spirit by waving flags, wearing caps and sounding horns to get the attention of passers by and share the Flames spirit.

 And the multi-tasking didn't stop there as people walking by stopped to shake their hands in a show of fan pride and community support.


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