CTV reporter St. John Alexander asks, "Where's the Canucks party?"
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There's been some pretty good response in the media and over the wires on Thursday to the proposal that we actually stage a real celebration of our Canucks during their run for the Stanley Cup. CKNW News, The Mike Smyth Show, News 1130 and CTV News all caught the wave of excitement we're seeing on Twitter among hard core hockey fans, and others who've just hopped on the bandwagon.
It's pretty clear something is bound to happen, but will it be something that will attract families to join in the fun? On Thursday afternoon Rogers Arena brass announced that the City would be closing Abbott Street beside the facility to host some kind of home game street party. But that means people will still be stuck outside in the elements, probably using porta potties, with no beer served, and poor selection of food.
According to the remarks of Mayor Gregor, this Sunday there is a plan to set up some kind of big screen outside in a park during Game One. Fine, but the weather forecast is supposed to be another big downpour, and 12 degree temperatures. The puck drops after 5pm according to the schedule.
This means simply that only the most hard core ticketless adults will make their way out into the elements on Sunday. Most parents would not take a kid out on a school night to brave the rain and cold.
So once again we have to ask, where is Vancouver going to celebrate the accomplishment of the Canucks while it's actually happening? Yes, the bars and restaurants are going to be hosting crowds, but what about families on a tight budget? It feels like the early days of the 2010 Games all over again, when the City and VANOC were warning us to stay off the roads, avoid Skytrain, and stay at home.
Average families cannot afford to celebrate with other hockey fans with the wildly expensive price for seats at a home game. But what if Rogers Arena hosted crowds to watch the away games? Charge ten bucks a head at the door and donate it to Canuck Place. Serve food and keep the cold beer taps flowing.
How about Sunday, May 22nd? Game time is a much more family-friendly noon start. Canucks will be playing in San José. According to the Rogers Arena schedule, the venue will be empty on the 22nd.
Whaddya think, fans? How about it, Mr. Aquilini? Let's make the celebration happen on that Sunday after next.
According to today's CKNW news report, Rogers Arena officials say that they *might* think about hosting an indoors event for fans if the 'Nucks go to the final round. Well, why not in the semi-final round then?
Robson Square is a construction zone, and the front of the Vancouver Art Gallery is a mud pit. Watching outdoors just doesn't cut it.
Let's spread the word. Talk about this on Canucks fan forums, on Facebook and on Twitter. We've waited a loooooong time to get here.
Come on, Vancouver, let's have fun!
- Post by Mike Klassen. Mike is a candidate seeking the council nomination for the Vancouver Non-Partisan Association (NPA). If you're an elected official or candidate seeking a nomination and want to write about urban issues, please send your 450-500 word submission to CityCaucus@gmail.com.