In anticipation of the inaugural season at Rogers Place, Oilers Entertainment Group will be relocating the famed Wayne Gretzky statue from its current location at Rexall Place.
The statue was first erected at Northlands Coliseum on August 27, 1989 in honour of Wayne Gretzky's contribution to the Edmonton Oilers and the City of Edmonton. The project was funded by Molson Breweries and gifted to the City of Edmonton. Designed by sculptor John Weaver in conjunction with bronzesmith Don Begg at Studio West in Cochrane, Alberta, the 950 lb. bronze statue stands 9ft., 2 in. and has been an iconic landmark for Oilers fans since its creation.
Its new home will be located at Rogers Place, on the 104 Avenue sidewalk outside the Oilers Hall-of-Fame Room accessible to the public year-round. The statue will be returned to Studio West for refurbishing and cleaning before its relocation. Details surrounding its public installation and unveiling will be released soon.