Breaking: Major flooding wreaks havoc on historic NHL building

Oh man… this is not good.

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Staff members at Scotiabank Arena (Formerly Air Canada Centre, the home of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, are scrambling today to clean up and assess damage after the building was rocked by a flash flood yesterday evening. 

Check out some of the videos taken from inside the arena following a Shakira concert:

A friend sent me this video of Scotiabank Arena (Formally known as Air Canada Centre/ACC) flooding tonight. This happened after the Shakira concert.
Scotiabank arena after Shakira’a concert. Outside is raining and some flooding. Be safe.

Wow... that's CRAZY! For those unaware, Toronto and much of Ontario have experienced torrential rain storms the past few days, causing widespread flooding and power outages in several areas yesterday evening. Check out this vehicle nearly fully submerged at Simcoe and Front in downtown Toronto yesterday evening:

Vehicle almost fully submerged at Simcoe and Front downtown#Toronto

The multi purpose arena is also home to the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and the NLL’s (National Lacrosse League) Toronto Rock. The American Hockey League’s (AHL) Toronto Marlies, affiliate of the Leafs, also sometimes play games in the building. The arena was built in 1999 and is owned by Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) the parent company of the Leafs, Raptors, Toronto FC of Major League Soccer (MLS), and the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

It’s a unique building and one that has inspired the way in which engineers design and build other major league sports arenas around the world. Check out this explanation from the arena’s Wikipedia entry:

Scotiabank Arena has, from its initial design to completion, revolutionized many concepts included in new arenas and stadiums built since then. These features include luxury suites accessible on the ground floor, splitting the main scoreboard into several sections, rotating all sponsor signage in the bowl at once (to allow dominant messaging or “neutralization” for events that disallow commercial advertising), and multiple restaurants in and out of the main arena bowl view.

No word yet on the damage done by yesterday’s flooding, but it’s not expected that the Leafs’ training camp or preseason plans will be affected.