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UC Opens Early Due To Weather Threat

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    NHL commissioner says building management in touch with city officials to ensure safety in event of severe weather.

    Fan are being let into the United Center early Wednesday night for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals due to the threat of severe weather.

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman spoke with reporters before the game about the decision to hold the game despite the uncertain conditions.

    "If the power goes, it will probably be because the power goes in the entire city, and there isn't much they can do about that, but the building is more than adequately staffed, and this is a terrific building and very well run, and they're on top of whatever procedures they need to follow facing a potential act of God in terms of how severe this weather is going to be," Bettman said.

    Bettman said building officials are constantly in touch with city officials to monitor the situation. Fan are being let into the United Center early Wednesday night for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals due to the threat of severe weather.

    NFL Commissioner Gary Bettman spoke with reporters before the game about the decision to hold the game despite the uncertain conditions.

    "If the power goes, it will probably be because the power goes in the entire city, and there isn't much they can do about that, but the building is more than adequately staffed, and this is a terrific building and very well run, and they're on top of whatever procedures they need to follow facing a potential act of God in terms of how severe this weather is going to be," Bettman said.

    Bettman said building officials are constantly in touch with city officials to monitor the situation.

    Gary Schenkel, Executive Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, is cautious.

    "My concern is that it will coincide with the exit of the Blackhawks win tonight and people get caught in it, but I think we have enough warning to avert that,"