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February 20, 2013 5:59 pm

Behold: Scotiabank Saddledome

Welcome to the Olympic Canadian Airlines Pengrowth Scotiabank Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames since 1983. The second picture doesn’t adequately depict the size of this 19,289-seat facility, which has some of the highest nosebleed seats I’ve ever seen at an indoor sporting event. I assume that in theory it is possible to see the puck from the 300 level, though I do not care to test that hypothesis. To walk from the writers’ area of the press box to the Ed Whalen Broadcast Booth is to walk across a terrifying set of catwalks, above the scoreboard, and directly over the center of the ice. The Flames have retired two jerseys, those of Lanny McDonald (9) and Mike Vernon (30).

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