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Vancouver hockey fans willing to withstand the elements

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

June 14, 2011 — With the Canucks hoping to secure a Stanley Cup victory on Wednesday night, the city of Vancouver is expecting massive outdoor crowds - rain or shine.

Fans brave the weather to cheer on the Canucks
Fans brave the weather to cheer on the Canucks

Throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs, tens of thousands of people in Vancouver have taken to the streets to watch the Canucks play on giant outdoor screens.

This Wednesday night, with a Stanley Cup victory at stake against the Boston Bruins, the city is expecting its' biggest outdoor crowd yet - whether Mother Nature cooperates or not.

“Rain or shine, I'm going to be supporting the Canucks!” said one enthusiastic fan on Monday night.

“Of course I'll be here. It's the finals!” said another.

Vancouver Police Constable Jana McGuinness says the weather plays a major role in determining how many people attend fan zones and viewing areas.

“When we have a major sporting event outdoors, we will see more people on a sunny night,” she says.

While Monday started off on a bit of a soggy note in Vancouver, the skies cleared in time for Game 6 later in the day. Still, fans who had gathered to watch the game and celebrate a potential victory were prepared for any kind of weather.

Tens of thousands of people have been watching the games on outdoor screens
Tens of thousands of people have been watching the games on outdoor screens

“I've got my rain jacket and my green rainboots!” said one fan ahead of the game.

“I have a poncho and was prepared for the rain, but I guess I'm not going to use it today!” said another.

For a closer look at the weather expected for Wednesday night's game in Vancouver, be sure to check your local forecast.

With files from Lisa Varano

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