Memorial Cup set for Saskatoon

On the Seinfeld episode The Cadillac, Morty Seinfeld, Jerry’s dad, was about to be impeached by his board of governor at the Del Boca Vista retirement home.

Morty under Jerry’s advice skips the early bird steak dinner at 3 p.m. and opts for the 6 p.m. meal. Just before entering the eatery Morty’s accuser Jack Klompus sees the Seinfelds and says “It must be nice, to have that kind of money.”

The Cadillac was the symbol of success, a sign that money was no object. It proved that you’ve made it. (It still is) Perhaps, getting the 2013 Memorial Cup was like having a Cadillac. It proves to everyone you got money. You have good taste. And you like the finer things in life. What city doesn’t want to be regarded as that?

When it was announced that Saskatoon would be hosting the 2013 Memorial Cup, it came as a shock to everyone, especially Red Deerians. Especially the Red Deer Rebels.

“I’m not sure how close the vote was, but I would say that the size of the building and thus the financial strength would play heavily into the decision,” said Merrick Sutter, Rebels senior vice president.

He may be correct on building size. The Enmax Centrium will hold about 7,000 people by the start of the 2012-13 season. The Credit Union Centre holds 15,135. That’s a significant difference except when you reflect on attendance. Sure it holds double the amount of people but when was the last time it sold out? Not opening night. Opening night for the Rebels had 5,717. The Credit Union Centre wasn’t even half full, at 7,143.

“At the end of the day, our bid was outstanding. We had the support of all three levels of government, the community, the people calling in that would have volunteered. We can’t say enough about the support of this community. We just have to sit back and realize what happened here. In a lot of cases it was out of our control.”