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Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 — 1:40pm PDT
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The City of Vancouver has launched their plan for maintaining order during the Canucks’ Stanley Cup Playoff run this year. Last year we made headlines around the globe after a riot broke out downtown following a public viewing of the Stanley Cup final. To avoid getting remotely close to the same situation this year, the city is being cautious.

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The CBC reported earlier that the focus would be on neighbourhood celebrations and that appears to be a core aspect of today’s official plan.

The City of Vancouver said they don’t want to shut down all celebrations during large events, but they want people to celebrate responsibly to minimize the risk to the public so as to avoid the events during the Stanley Cup final last year.

The City’s plans include implementing ideas such as allowing public viewing of games and celebrations at community centres, bars, pubs, and maybe theatres, should the Canucks advance into third and fourth rounds of the playoffs. But no crowds would be allowed downtown.

There will be no outside screens to watch the game. The City said they are considering block parties, but those would have to be organized by an event planner and no alcohol would be allowed.

The Vancouver Canucks will be involved and have partnered with the City. They will also be matching the City’s funding for the celebrations, which could be between $50,000 to $100,000. [Source: GlobalBC]

It’s always nice to watch games, especially of this magnitude, with friends and other fans. We need to remain safe and show the world that we’re not a region of sore losers with bad judgement. Remember how fantastic it felt when Canada won gold at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics? If we can regain even an iota of that sentiment — pride and respect — through our own hockey club this year just imagine how great that will feel.

I’d love to know, should the Canucks go the distance again this season, what would be your ideal plan for public viewings?

Update The Vancouver Canucks have launched a campaign to encourage responsible celebrations this season called “This is Our Home” that includes a series of public service ads.

‘This is Our Home’ is an extension of the organization’s season long efforts to strengthen that message, which has included in-arena videos and recognizing “local heroes,” to further raise the expectations that Canucks fans enjoy the hockey experience while conducting themselves in a respectful way.

You can view a behind the scenes photo gallery on their website as well.

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5 comments

  1. Personally I’m fine with no huge massive screens……but at the end of the day, if we win, people will go down to Robson & Granville and they will be drunk and there will be celebrations.

  2. I just hope that no repeat of last year happens. I was there after game 5 in the Finals and the energy was amazing and everyone was in a great mood!

  3. Personally, I would do it exactly the same as last year. Perhaps I’m short-sighted but from what I see, riots happened in 1994 when there were no big screens downtown and I’m sure they would have happened last year with or without the screens.

    Getting the city together for big celebrations like this is a huge accomplishment that we’ve done very well since the Olympics and I don’t think the one riot is worth ending that concept over.

    Furthermore, I think this city’s attitude on rioting “fans” is quite clear now and this would be an ideal opportunity to show that we CAN have these types of events without issue.

    If we wait another 17 years to try this again, we’re just going to have the next generation repeating the mistakes of this one.

    P.S., I remember Mayor Robertson commenting similarly to this shortly after the riot and insisting we would persevere and have community celebrations for the Grey Cup. That didn’t happen (we won and everything!) and I am quite disappointed.

    If at first you don’t succeed… cancel everything and give up?

  4. Ray says:

    I do not agree with the riots, but the city of Vancouver is going too far if they think they can arrest anyone wearing a Canucks jersey. I think everyone should wear a Canucks jersey and show them they are wrong!

  5. Cynthia Booton says:

    I like the big screens and the downtown block parties. I think they should continue but with no alcohol if possible.

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