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Kiss Concert Canceled Due to Calgary Flood

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Calgary will be coping with the fallout from June 2013’s disastrous floods for months to come, with repairs expected to cost upward of $250 million. It’s even wiped out the Kiss concert scheduled for July 13.

The Calgary Herald (via Bravewords) reported on the cancellation, which was forced because of catastrophic damage to the Scotiabank Saddledome. “We were trying very hard,” lamented Ken King, president of the Calgary Flames. “At the end of the day we have 2,500 fewer seats.”

But it isn’t just chairs that the Saddledome needs. “We have no opportunity to provide food of any kind,” continued King. “We have no opportunity to even provide a beverage service of any consequence, of any kind. Electrical, potable water, sanitation and, at the end of the day, personal safety would be compromised if we made any further attempt even on a restricted basis to afford the building for the use of these concerts.”

In fact, admitted King, they’re essentially reconstructing the stadium in an effort to try and get things back on track in time for hockey this fall. “It is down to the cinder block concrete in almost all areas,” he explained. “Pressure washing is taking place. The seats have been removed. And it is bare bones … Basically we’re starting from scratch on all sorts of interior issues and on all mechanical issues … We’re looking for backup equipment in order to put us in a position to start our season, which is scheduled for Oct. 6.”

In the meantime, the city is in the band’s thoughts. “My heart goes to all of you who have suffered,” tweeted Gene Simmons. “Tomorrow the sun will come out. Have hope.”

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