Abbotsford considers celebration site for Canucks fans

Abbotsford Police are in talks with the City of Abbotsford to establish a site where people can gather to watch the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup final.

Const. Ian MacDonald said the plan is a "real and viable possibility," but a venue and other details have not been confirmed.

The idea would be to show the games on a big screen in a location where people can remain to celebrate.

The hope is that it would eliminate crowds gathering along South Fraser Way that tie up traffic and create a safety hazard.

MacDonald said approximately 4,500 people on foot and 2,500 cars congregated along the strip – mainly in front of Sevenoaks Shopping Centre and West Oaks Mall – after the Canucks defeated the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in double overtime Tuesday night and secured their spot in the final.

He said the crowd was "really well-behaved" but there are always safety concerns, particularly as even more fans are expected in the final round.


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