Female Hockey Fans Ticked After Their Bathrooms Were Converted To Men’s Rooms
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.
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.
@EdmontonOilers @RogersPlace TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE THAT YOU HAVE CHANGED HALF THE WOMENS BATHROOM INTO MEN #stupid
— Cheryl Stuart (@Lundyhistorian) May 1, 2017
Thanks @RogersPlace for screwing the females with the bathroom change. This is chaos.
— Cee (@hunny_goose) April 30, 2017
@RogersPlace @EdmontonOilers heads up on bathroom changes would be nice! One women’s bathroom for the entire end of the arena…come on now!
— Stacey Brennan (@12sbrennan) May 1, 2017
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.”