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Things are looking up for Rogers Place

by Andrea Goss / Edmonton Oilers
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Whether you’ve driven down 104 Avenue or just checked out the Live View cameras on, you will have noticed a lot of action happening in the heart of Edmonton’s downtown. To date, the majority of Rogers Place construction work has focused on digging down and laying the foundation for the 1,110,900 sq. foot arena, community rink, underground parking garage, LRT link and Winter Garden. But with the second phase of construction underway, fans will start to see things looking up for Rogers Place – literally – as steel is erected, the structural concrete is poured and the arena begins to take shape.

By the numbers, over 15,000 pieces of steel will make their way onto the site this fall and winter, amounting to 9,000 tonnes. In addition, approximately 24,000 m3 of structural concrete will be poured.

“As the steel is erected, people will be able to see the various levels of the building begin to take shape. The ice will be at pretty much street level,” said Mike Staines, Construction Manager, PCL Construction Management Inc. “It’s an exciting phase of construction now that the building is starting to extend above ground level and throughout this next year the site will change dramatically.” Slated to open its doors in time for the 2016 NHL season, the overall design of the arena will feature sleek and dramatic exterior architecture with a roofline that resembles the iconic oil drop. Stainless steel siding will round out the design, evoking the dynamic shapes of drifting snow, signature to Edmonton as a great winter city.

Inside the 819,200 sq. foot arena, Rogers Place will seat 18,641 for hockey games and 20,734 for concerts and other events. Seating options will range from a large lower bowl, containing 9,000 seats compared to the current 6,000 in Rexall Place, to the newest in premium seating options, loge seats. Other amenities fans can look forward to include generous concourses, widely varied food and beverage options, a full-service restaurant, on-street media and production studios, and the largest high-definition scoreboard in the NHL or NBA. Rogers Place will also anchor the Edmonton Arena District, a mixed-use district spanning over 22 acres that will help revitalize and invigorate life in Edmonton’s downtown core.

The district will feature a variety of retail options, two office towers, a four-star hotel and residence opportunities, with more announcements and amenities to come. There’s no denying it’s an exciting time on the Rogers Place site and we suggest the next time you pass the 104 Street and 104 Avenue area, or when you check out the Live View cameras on, don’t forget to look up!

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