Female Hockey Fans Ticked After Their Bathrooms Were Converted To Men’s Rooms

Ford Springer | Reporter

The Edmonton Oilers managed to piss off most of their female fan base when they decided to convert several women’s restrooms in the Rogers Place arena to men’s restrooms for Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal Sunday night.

(Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

The Oilers made the decision in an attempt to alleviate long restroom lines after a survey determined that there was a higher number of males attending playoff games as opposed to females. They first tried to solve the problem in Rogers Place by “adjusting the queue formation” for the bathrooms, according to Deadspin. But after that failed the decision was made to convert two women’s rooms to men’s rooms for Sunday’s game.

The ladies in attendance weren’t having it.

Despite the female frustration, the general manager of Rogers Place, Susan Darrigton, stood by the decision.

“For playoffs, what we’re seeing is we’re getting predominantly men in here–the more exciting the hockey gets, I think the less guys are willing to give up their tickets,” Darrington told Global News. “So we’ve adjusted our plans and we flipped a restroom on our main and on our upper concourse to be more available for men.”

“You’ll never make everyone happy,” she continued. “I think we actually feel good about what we’ve done. The men are getting through faster, the women are seeing a little more of a delay.”

Ford Springer



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