The Edmonton Arena District (EAD) is the city’s hub and heart. It will offer a world-class destination where both residents and visitors from across the world will be able to come to live, work and play. Anchored by a vibrant public plaza and Rogers Place arena – a sustainably-designed state-of-the-art 18,647-seat sports, entertainment and event venue – the EAD will be a dynamic mixed-use urban destination that is true to Edmonton’s character and unlike anything in North America.
The EAD’s iconic architecture and innovative design will create a distinctive gathering place, and Rogers Place Arena is primed to be the first LEED Silver-certified NHL Facility in Canada. The venue will offer high-speed Wi-Fi alongside technical tools to help visitors find everything from the shortest concession and washroom lines, to interactive apps for hockey fans and concert goers alike.
With construction of the EAD already well underway, the footprint of this neighbourhood is taking form. By the autumn/fall of 2016, the Edmonton Oilers will be playing in Rogers Place Arena, and the Winter Garden, Community Rink, the first office tower, and a number of new parkades will all be open.
The EAD is being developed by a joint venture between Katz Group and WAM Development Group. The EAD Joint Venture is working with the City of Edmonton to develop a sustainable, vibrant, well-designed and accessible downtown area and realize the goals of the Capital City Downtown Plan.
This master planned community connects Edmonton to the North, East, West and South using public transportation, pedway systems, pedestrian-friendly streets and parking facilities.
Speaking about Rogers Place, Daryl Katz Owner of the Edmonton Oilers, said:
We have always believed Edmonton’s need for a new arena was a huge opportunity to help transform our downtown into the vibrant, diverse and dynamic community that is the hallmark of every great city.
Don Iveson Mayor of Edmonton added:
The look of Rogers Place is bold and forward-looking, just like Edmonton. As part of our downtown vision, it will serve as a symbol of our city’s great future.