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    Really nice write-up of Edmonton's history of arenas: Thistle, Gardens, Omniplex and Coliseum.
    http://edmontonjournal.com/sports/ho...onton-coliseum
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    Surf's Up

    As the Edmonton Oilers leave their arena, few remember it was where sports fandom’s greatest achievement—the Wave—was perfected

    BY MICHAEL HINGSTON

    http://thewalrus.ca/surfs-up/
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenSPACE View Post
    Surf's Up

    As the Edmonton Oilers leave their arena, few remember it was where sports fandom’s greatest achievement—the Wave—was perfected

    BY MICHAEL HINGSTON

    http://thewalrus.ca/surfs-up/
    Lol, seems its true, very cool:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave_(audience)

    While there is general disagreement about the precise origin of the wave, most stories of the phenomenon's origin suggest that the wave first started appearing at North American sporting events during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Krazy George Henderson led a wave in October 15, 1981 at a Major League Baseball game in Oakland, California.[2][3][4][5] This wave was broadcast on TV, and George has used a videotape of the event to bolster his claim as the inventor of the wave.[6] On October 31, 1981, a wave was created at a UW football game in Seattle, and the cheer continued to appear during the rest of that year's football season.[3] Although the people who created the first wave in Seattle have acknowledged Krazy George's wave at a baseball stadium, they claimed to have popularized the phenomenon, since Krazy George's wave was a one-time event.

    Krazy George believes that the wave originally was inspired by accident when he was leading cheers at a National Hockey League game at the Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His routine was to have one side of the arena jump and cheer, then have the opposite side respond. One night in late 1980, there was a delayed response from one section of fans, leading to them jumping to their feet a few seconds later than the section beside them. The next section of fans followed suit, and the first wave circled the Northlands Coliseum of its own accord.[7]

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    ^ since when do we need you to tell us what we've done?
    Let's make Edmonton better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayBee View Post
    ^ since when do we need you to tell us what we've done?
    Since when do you think I cared what "you" think is appropriate to be posted? I thought its a cool fact, and the baseball tie in quite interesting, sorry "you" hate that.

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    ^ Where did I say I thought you cared?
    Let's make Edmonton better.

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