Winnipeg Jets fans will have more room to party on Friday.
After roughly 5,100 fans packed a portion of Donald Street Wednesday night for the Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party, organizers are expanding the event following the Jets’ 3-2 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild.
The party zone will stretch southward on Donald Street (south of Portage Avenue), one block further to St. Mary Avenue. An alcohol-free zone at Millennium Library Park will also be set up, creating a more relaxed atmosphere for younger fans.
“Our first event exceeded our expectations,” said Dayna Spiring, president and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg.
“After the success of Wednesday night’s Street Party, we wanted to build on that momentum. Winnipeg showed well. This expanded space means we can welcome even more people of all ages.”
One additional screen will now be on Donald, south of Graham, and an additional screen will be set up in the Millennium Library park, bringing the total number of viewing screens at the Street Party to four.
Additional food and drink vendors will be added on site.
One complaint some revellers had after Wednesday was the lack of street lighting once the sun set along Donald Street. A spokesperson for Economic Development Winnipeg tells ChrisD.ca organizers are working towards additional lighting in the food services area specifically.
“At this point [we] are confident that our existing street lighting will be sufficient for Donald Street itself. In the newly expanded area, there is good public lighting around Millennium Library Park,” said Matt Schaubroeck.
“We’re going to continuously review our event plan, and lighting is part of that review process.”
Game two of the Jets-Wild series takes place Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party will begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue for an hour after the end of the game.
Street closures and Winnipeg Transit reroutes
Southbound Donald Street between Portage Avenue and St. Mary Avenue will be closed from 10 a.m. on Friday, April 13 until 1 a.m. on Saturday, April 14.
Winnipeg Transit buses will be rerouted off of Graham Avenue from Carlton Street to Smith Street on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will return to their regular routes at 11:30 p.m. to accommodate an expected increase in pedestrian traffic.
Bus stops along Graham Avenue eastbound between Hargrave Street and Smith Street will be temporarily relocated to northbound Smith Street at Graham Avenue. Bus stops along westbound Graham Avenue between Smith Street and Edmonton Street will be temporarily relocated to St. Mary Avenue at Donald Street and to Edmonton Street at Graham Avenue.