Battle of Alberta: Calgary lays out plans for Red Mile safety, fun during NHL second round playoffs

Parking bans in place along 17 Avenue SW, more closures for pre-game entertainment

Nearly 5,000 Calgary Flames fans took in the game against the Dallas Stars at the Saddledome Red Lot in Calgary on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. The Flames won over the Stars, 3-1. The Flames lead the first round of playoffs 3 games to 2 going into game 6. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

As the Battle of Alberta begins tonight, the city has made plans to ensure that any checking and fighting remains on the ice.

The City of Calgary, along with the Calgary Flames, Calgary Police Service, Alberta Health Services, 17th Avenue BIA, and AGLC are working together to enhance the fan experience—safely.

“Calgarians have a long history of celebrating in a safe and respectful manner, and we expect that to continue in the second round,” said Ben Brackett, team lead for festivals and events with The City of Calgary.

From 6 p.m. to approximately 6:30 p.m. tonight, 17 Avenue SW from 4 Street SW to 5 Street SW will be closed for pre-game entertainment.

The Calgary Stampede Showband will be performing tonight on 17 Avenue SW starting at 6:10 p.m. The band will then be travelling to the Palace Theatre on 8 Avenue SW for a 6:45 p.m. performance.

Additional pre-game outdoor entertainment is planned to occur before each home game in the communities surrounding the Saddledome.

“We’ve consulted with the Calgary Flames, AHS, AGLC, 17th Avenue BIA and the Community Associations of Beltline and Mount Royal to make sure any planned pre-game outdoor entertainment is successful in supporting an environment of fun and safe celebrations while contributing to Calgary’s great community spirit,” said Brackett.

Prior rules remain in effect

The parking ban in effect for home games remains in effect along 17 Avenue SW, starting at 6 p.m. tonight. Parking bans have also been extended to 11 Avenue SE from 1 Street SE to 5 Street SE.

The Calgary Police Service may also temporarily close roads post-game to help speed Calgarians’ exit from Victoria Park.

Additional Calgary Transit service options have been added to help alleviate traffic to and from the Dome.

The city is also reminding fans that alcohol and cannabis use is permitted only at licensed establishments, and allowed locations. For the duration of the playoff run, alcohol is not allowed to be consumed at Tomkins Park as part of the city’s alcohol in parks program.

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