The fight on the ice is heating up as Wednesday will see the first salvo of the Battle of Alberta in an NHL playoffs in some 30-years.
Border City bars are rolling up their sleeves to prepare for the economic benefit of extra traffic, as hockey lovers skate in to support either the Calgary Flames or the Edmonton Oilers.
Cord Harvey at the Canadian Brewhouse says, “Oilers in seven” as they pull out the stops for an extra 30 per cent in patrons.
“It all depends, I couldn’t really put a number on it. If everyone spends $30 and we have 30 per cent more people, you can fit the number there.”
Across town Original Joe’s staffer Justine Leer says, “Go Flames go” as they prepare for the increased clientele.
“For the Battle of Alberta we are going to have the sound on for all the games. And then we have happy Hour Monday to Friday, it is two to five, nine until close. That will be for tomorrow’s (Wednesday) game.”
Leer says they will be doing a featured drink for the games and scheduling an extra staffer to cater to the sporting public.