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Behind the scenes at Webster Bank Arena

The word no one likes: Postponed

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Snow removal underway at Webster Bank Arena

Postponing an event at Webster Bank Arena is always a last resort. Too much effort goes into scheduling a hockey, basketball game, concert or family show. Tickets have been sold, travel plans made, work schedules adjusted, budgets set.
Pulling the plug is avoided at all costs.
Then something like the Blizzard of 2013 comes along and obliterates everything in its path – including two Sound Tigers hockey games and two Fairfield University basketball games. Up at the XL Center in Hartford, Monster Jam was canceled and its unlikely it can be rescheduled.
When nearly three feet of snow falls overnight, arenas really don’t have a choice. Our parking lots were snowed in, waiting to be cleared by overwhelmed Bridgeport plow crews. Driving was either unsafe or impossible. Today, Monday, was our first chance to really start getting rid of the mountains of snow on our plaza,walkways and driveways. The arena operations crew is hoisting shovels and pushing snow blowers, and getting soaked by a cold rain in the process.
We rescheduled the Sound Tigers games: April 9 and 16, when thoughts of spring will render this blizzard a memory. We’re working on the Stags’ games.
Some things can’t be postponed. The Sound Tiger players, many of whom traveled from snow-clogged locations, were on the ice today, practicing hard. After all, we’ve got the rest of the season to think about.

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