SURREY - Surrey council has given the green light to a live site during the final series of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
That is, should the Vancouver Canucks make it there.
"And they will be," said a confident Coun. Barbara Steele.
Last year, Surrey had a family-oriented live site set up at Central City Plaza during the finals, with an enormous 170-square-foot television screen to showcase the action.
The plan is for an almost identical set up this time around.
Steele said Surrey council feels good about the decision to host a live site again this year.
"We had a great experience last year. We're looking forward to having the same experience this year," Steele said.
"I'm a hockey fan, so I'll be watching the games. I hope we get there and I hope it's as great as it was last year. I have to say go Canucks go!"
The site will be family oriented, Steele added.
"There will be face painting, mascots walking around and things for kids to do. And it will definitely be alcohol free," Steele said, adding that the RCMP will have a strong presence during the events. When asked if the city anticipated larger crowds this year, in light of Vancouver scaling back its playoff plans, Steele said there's a limit to how many people can be at the Central City Plaza site.
"And we stick to that limit," Steele said. "We'll be careful of people coming in and people trying to crash it, but we're not looking to have that kind of a crowd."
The City of Vancouver released its scaled back plans in March. Vancouver says it will hold "community celebrations" in its 23 community centres and aggressively patrol for alcohol during the Stanley Cup playoffs in the hopes of preventing a repeat of the 2011 Stanley Cup riot.
Vancouver will not allow street closures downtown and won't be erecting any jumbo screens.
Coun. Linda Hepner said in March the Central City Plaza site had up to 5,000 visitors last year.
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