Rogers Place takes steps to deal with toilet traffic during Oilers playoff run

Rogers Place dealing with toilet traffic

EDMONTON — Rogers Place is full to the brim for the Edmonton Oilers playoff run and so are their fans’ bladders.

Two women’s washrooms — one on each level — were converted to men’s washrooms for both Sunday’s Game 3 and Wednesday’s Game 4 against the Anaheim Ducks.

Some women vented on social media about long waits Sunday.

“Thanks @RogersPlace for screwing the females with the bathroom change. This is chaos,” tweeted one. 

Some fans in the arena during the game were not impressed with the situation.

“I thought the wait was about the same. I was at Game 5 of the San Jose series and it was just as bad,” said Sheri Simon. “Two lines going in there, just crazy. It’s not great.”

Those two washrooms remained converted Wednesday despite the complaints, but stanchions to expedite queues and more staff to direct people were added, according to the senior vice-president of the Oilers Entertainment Group.

“We all think it will add up to an improvement,” Tim Shipton said. “We’re going to review it at the end of the night and if there’s things we need to change, we will do so.

“The goal is to get people back in their seats. We don’t people missing the game action.”

He says it’s a practice at Rogers Place to switch genders on washrooms depending on what type of audience an event draws.

Men’s washrooms became women’s washrooms for Dixie Chicks, Lumineers, Dolly Parton and John Mayer concerts.

“We know for playoff hockey, the demographic skews towards a male crowd,” Shipton said.

Oilers fan Krista Franchuk says she wasn’t finding the lines any faster in Wednesday’s game against Anaheim, but she didn’t have that big of a problem with the wait.

“I was here for the last game of the regular season and I haven’t noticed a major difference between then and now,” said Franchuk during the first intermission. “There was a lineup, but it moved quick, not too bad at all. Plus you make friends in the women’s bathroom lineup.”

Rogers Place, which holds 18,300 for hockey and 20,700 for concerts, opened last September.

Shipton says there are 485 toilets and urinals in the building.

“When you have a building as full as it is, it puts pressure on all our systems whether it’s food and beverage, customer service, safety and security and of course washrooms,” he explained.

“It’s further exacerbated in the playoffs of course because everybody wants to stay in their seat until the final second of the period. You don’t get that flow of people leaving with five minutes left in the period to go.”

— with files from Shane Jones

Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Third period surge lifts Penticton Vees to victory

Vees Ryan Sandelin gets the game winner over the Merritt Centennials

Penticton patient care tower fundraising going strong

About $14.3 million in donations for the Penticton hospital has come in

Exercising her right to fight

Thinking inside the box helped push Geneva Kostashen through cancer treatment

Council approves all tax exemption requests

List includes charities, service groups and the Penticton Golf and Country Club

Day 2 of RCMP search at Silver Creek residence

Police use backhoe in ongoing search effort at residential/agricultural Salmon River Road property

Mixing up local talent and cocktails

The annual Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery Mixoff takes place in Kelowna in November

B.C. search groups mobilize for missing mushroom picker

Searchers from across the province look for Frances Brown who has been missing since Oct. 14.

Search for missing B.C. man a race against winter weather

David Jeff of Williams Lake was last seen in Kamloops during the chaotic wildfire evacuations

Bantam Vees tournament good prep for start of the season

Penticton hockey team heads into regular season with just one loss in nine exhibition games

Auntie Says: Don’t bring your dope to my house

Don’t judge me and I won’t judge you, but if you try and smoke at my house, you’ll be asked to leave

Man steals police car, goes for a ‘slow’ ride

Mission RCMP say the motive of the theft is unknown

Dodgers punch ticket to World Series

This will be the first time the Los Angles Dodgers have made it to the World Series since 1988.

Surf group winning the war on plastic bags

The Tofino Co-op will no longer provide plastic bags, following in the footsteps of the Ucluelet location that already made the change earlier this year.

All three victims identified in Fernie arena ammonia leak

Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith were from Fernie and Jason Podloski from Turner Valley, Alta

Most Read