Fans wanting to attend some Hurricanes playoff games this spring will have buy a playoff ticket package and hope they're names get selected in a ticket lottery.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes will be in a temporary, much smaller home at the of 2019 Western Hockey League playoffs.
The team announced Wednesday (Feb. 13) it will move into Nicholas Sheran Arena at the end of March because of the World Men's Curling Championship coming to the ENMAX Centre.
The west side rink was chosen because management did not want to move outside of Lethbridge.
Moving to Nicholas Sheran brings up some problems for the Hurricanes. That facility has a seating capacity of just over 1000 compared to the nearly 5500 available at the ENMAX. New additions, such as upgraded plexi-glass and new goal judge cameras will be installed. As to how many games will be played on the west side will depend on the Hurricanes standing at the end of the regular season, but the team predicts it should be no more than three.
Hurricanes General Manager Peter Naholt says this is not an ideal situation, but it is what it is. "We've worked hard to bring the rink on the west side (Nicholas Sheran) up to WHL standards, at least minimum standards."
Only season ticket holders and fans who purchase a playoff package will have their names put into a lottery in order to get playoff tickets for the Nicholas Sheran games. Anyone not chosen in the lottery will be able to watch the games at the Hurricanes Family Fun Zone for free. The location of the Family Fun Zone will be announced at a later date.
Several updates and changes are being made to Nicholas Sheran to help bring it up to WHL standards including new glass and posts, video goal judge cameras, an augmented IT and communication system, new game nets and more. ENMAX Centre GM, Kim Gallucci says the cost of all this is in the $60,000 range and will also result in the updates permanently staying at Nicholas Sheran which will be a big enhancement for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in the future.
The World Men's Curling Championship runs from March 30th to April 7th, and the arena will be available to the team two days after it ends.
The Hurricanes are in a dogfight in their division with several other teams fighting for playoff positioning.