An estimated 60,000 people visited Rogers Place, the new home of the Edmonton Oilers NHL team, as it was opened to fans for the first time.
For the very first time, the city got a first-hand look at the future of Downtown Edmonton and ICE District — one that will bustle with energy and excitement, redefining the experience for those living, working or visiting Alberta’s capital.
Fans flocked in to soak-up the Rogers Place experience. From seeing the massive, high-definition, LED scoreboard in action, impressive views of the bowl from every level, to overlooking Ford Hall with its stunning architecture.
Vice President and General Manager for Rogers Place, Susan Darrington, said:
This is absolutely the day I’ve been waiting for since I came home to Edmonton. It’s incredible. There’s so much excitement about Rogers Place.
Watching fans gather in Ford Hall and the building for the first time is absolutely what’s been motivating our staff and to get the building ready. We couldn’t be more excited.
The imposing HOK-designed venue seats 18,241 for hockey and 20,734 for concerts, with 57 suites, 24 theatre boxes with private lounge, 850 Loge seats and 500 Drink Rail seats.
Also offered are 3,100 Club-access seats with two Club Seat mezzanine lounges; full food-service Sportsnet Club and Sky Lounge with connected arena bowl seating; a fullservice Loge level restaurant and three team stores.
The NHL Oilers, with their home opener October 12 versus the Calgary Flames, share the venue with the Western Hockey League Edmonton Oil Kings, who host their first hockey game September 24.
For an in depth look at the new Rogers Place ice palace, make sure you check out the feature in the 3rd Quarter 2016 issue of Panstadia & Arena Management magazine.
Image courtesy HOK