Sunday, May 22nd let's celebrate our Canucks indoors

Post by Mike Klassen in ,

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CTV reporter St. John Alexander asks, "Where's the Canucks party?"

UPDATE: News1130 Radio is conducting a web and listener poll on whether Rogers Arena should be opened for away games. Vote here, or call the Listener Line at 604.877.6332, email your comments or tweet them @News1130Radio.

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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.

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24 Comments

The times on the schedule are Eastern. Vancouver times are 3 hours earlier.

Cheers, 123. Times adjusted.

If not the arena, why not recreate Hockey House?

They can pull some cash from the $7M they have put aside for the Vancouver 125th B-day celebrations.

SUPER COOL!


Heard on the radio a short time ago that an outdoor location had been chosen... I believe they said in front of the CBC building...

confirmed... Sunday, Hamilton Street CBC, big screen, Mayor tweets bring lawn chairs..

and umbrellas, and a tarp....

canoe parking will be made available for a small fee....

Congratulations to Mike Klassen for working on making this happen.

Hopefully the Mayor will give credit where credit is due! :)

You're hysterical...

I still think the Arena,$10 dollar fee donation for Canuck Place..

As a compliment to it, satellite smaller groups/or folks to broke to have an extra 10 bucks.... a community center..with a non perishable food or cash donations for charity..

Agreed, great job Mike..

and Max..

"Hopefully the Mayor will give credit where credit is due! :)"

come on be serious.. this was a competition for Gregor.. he will take credit, he can't help himself.

Couldn't help myself....LOL

On another note, great article by Malcom Parry in yesterday's Sun on the reopening of Save on Meats in the DTES.

Worth the read.

Mike almost got recognition on CBC.....(so close!)

'The move follows demands by bloggers and fans for a some sort of Olympic style street party to cheer on the hockey during their most successful playoff run in 17 years.'

Can't find it Max, his recent columns don't come up...

I heard they were going to use the upstairs as an industrial kitchen for rent to Community groups and people with business ie (food carts)that require commercial kitchens...

post the link if you can..

Oh news photo alert, Gregor on noon news taking credit... Sunday confirmed.. of course food carts will be there ...and he's asking for other sponsorships..hinting at Arena..not confirmed but he is hopeful...no kudos's to Mike...told you he would take credit.. classy guy!!

I did try to link it here, no luck. It is on FB's site, under the NPA topic heading #53

As for our 'good' Mayor, what can I say. May turn up in a t-shirt with 'Thank Mike Klassen for this' on it.....:)

And oddly, CBC didn't post my 'give credit where credit is due' comment...

CBC did post my comment congratulating 'blogger' Mike Klassen for pushing for this!

Thumbs up!

credit where credit is due..

Can't agree with the love fest over this one.
Let's celebrate the Canucks and have the beer flow!!! Really?
We will see what the streets of downtown Vancouver look like when all the bozos party.
They can't all have taken the bus,walked,SkyTrain,biked, etc.

Guess what Vancouver taxpayers?
Everybody from all the outlying cities are arriving and telling us we are the no fun city unless they can PARTY,PARTY here.

No thanks, I'll stay home and watch it with friends.

It's a game, nothing else.

Can't agree with the love fest over this one.
Let's celebrate the Canucks and have the beer flow!!! Really?
We will see what the streets of downtown Vancouver look like when all the bozos party.
They can't all have taken the bus,walked,SkyTrain,biked, etc.

Guess what Vancouver taxpayers?
Everybody from all the outlying cities are arriving and telling us we are the no fun city unless they can PARTY,PARTY here.

No thanks, I'll stay home and watch it with friends.

It's a game, nothing else.

Chris:

At some point in time the NIMBYism needs to be set aside..

You look to our southern neighbours and other countires and they bleed pride and partiotism.

And then you get to Canada with everything SO politically correct we are almost backwards. Here, it is all about, well people will get drunk, there will be social issues, what about the police, what about moral issues....what about, what about, what about.....

It is somewhat...sad.

Let people have fun, let them enjoy the moment and for those that disagree or don't want to participate....fine that is your choice.

But if that is your choice suck it up and quite whining.

" and the front of the Vancouver Art Gallery is a mud pit. " Scandalous-all that Olympic money and nothing to redo the Art Gallery lawn. F-I-A-S-C-O!!!

So, it's whining to say you don't agree with something?
And I should 'suck it up'

Pretty rude comment Max. Quite surprised actually from what I've seen of your comments over time.

Chris, you are right.

My comment was rude and I apologize to you for that moment of me being an idiot.

I am sorry for that statement, it was unnecessary and uncalled for.

Apology accepted.
I've had my own moments over my life.

On to other topics :)

Rain rain go away...outdoor hockey party today..
you were right Max, that canoe parking will come in handy..

Anyone remember where they were when this happened? Memory is a funny thing.. I was in the middle of this and had forgotten everything except the helicopters overhead..

http://www.theprovince.com/sports/1994+Vancouver+Canucks+riot/4780642/story.html

Friends and I were in a restaurant on Robson Street (Malones) watching the game.

Walked out to go home, turned around and walked back in.

Years back (okay the 80's) a couple of girlfiends and I were in the Okanagan for a 'girls' weekend. We were at the OK Corral, country western bar. I can't remember what else was going on in the area, but we got tear gassed on route back to the hotel. There was some sort of riot that broke out. At that time I had a Rally Sport, and we had the rooves off of the car. My friends had their heads burried in their laps and I was trying to drive. It was nasty.

I clicked on the twitter feed on this page for the downtown CBC site...it looks pretty empty down there..

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