Last week the Calgary Roughnecks beat the Colorado Mammoth, clinching a home game in the playoffs. However, The Roughencks GM and owner, Brad Bannister, is not happy. Because of a Simon and Garfunkel concert at the SaddleDome, plus the WHL playoffs, the Roughencks NLL playoff game vs the Edmonton Rush will be played at 1pm MST. Here is the quote from Bannister:.
“The time for the game is brutal, and I’m not sure if we can withstand the blow… In the past, afternoon games held at 3 p.m. have brought half the attendance as opposed to evening games. Backing the game up to an even earlier time of 1 p.m., when 3 p.m. games are proven to disappoint, how will we fare?.. The NHL, WHL and NLL playoffs are always at the same time each season and the Roughnecks have a proven track record when it comes to the post-season. That said, why wasn’t more attention paid to scheduling issues?.. Either the Flames had no intention of making the playoffs on their own, or they had no intention of giving us a playoff spot. How did the Flames expect to potentially hold their own playoff game? Did they think they would be playing at 1 p.m. on a Saturday?.. How does a taxpayers’ building fall into the hands of self-proclaimed billionaires? The Flames should build their own arena. Instead of leveling the ‘Dome, the City of Calgary should take it back. I am disgusted. I grew up in this city. I went to school here, I have businesses here, and I’m the lowest person on the totem pole as far as the Flames are concerned… We’ve won two Championships, and we are trying to win a third. Home playoff dates are key to the survival of the franchise… Our guys know the importance of hosting a home playoff game. They have fulfilled their obligation expecting the Saddledome to be behind them – unfortunately that’s not the case. There comes a time when you have to stand up to bullies – that time is now"
Hours after blasting the Flames, Bannister apologized.
This is what VP of building operations for the Flames had to say:
“We are disappointed with Brad’s comments. As he is aware, we have made considerable concessions to support the Roughnecks as tenants. We fulfil the complex obligation of booking the facility for all purposes — sporting, cultural and community — often a difficult juggling task.”