A Whiteout Party is Coming to the Streets of Winnipeg For Every Jets Home Game
You know Winnipeg’s gonna be rockin when the Jets take the ice for their first playoff game in two years next week. But that’s just the beginning.
Before and during every home game throughout the postseason, starting this Wednesday, Donald Street will be closed off for the Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party.
The parties will be held in a contained space between Portage and Graham and start two hours before puck drop. They’ll feature food trucks, beverages (yep, it’s licensed), live entertainment and, of course, two giant screens showing the Jets games. Entry will be free for all ages.
“This is our chance to showcase Winnipeg to the world,” said Dayna Spiring, president and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg. “Our city has been waiting a long time for a hockey team that has a chance for a deep playoff run. We wanted to provide a venue to channel that energy that was safe, welcoming and fun for fans.”
Spiring added that she expects attendance for the first two home games to be in the thousands, and that the scale of the parties will adapt to crowd size, weather and how deep the Jets go in the playoffs.
Mayor Brian Bowman, who plans on attending the block parties with his own family, said he’s excited to see how big the Winnipeg Whiteout can get and boldly (and accurately) called the Jets “Canada’s team.”
“Winnipeg’s a sports city, and hockey is a big part of who we are,” said Bowman. “I want to encourage everyone to get behind our home team, show your pride in our city, and demonstrate why the Winnipeg Jets will be Canada’s team during this year’s playoffs.”
Bowman also added that he’ll extend an invite to Snoop Dogg, who recently gave the Jets a shout out in an NHL video.
— NHL (@NHL) April 5, 2018
Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild will go Wednesday, April 11, with Game 2 set for Friday, April 13. In the meantime, rest up and get your whiteout gear ready.
Go Jets Go!