The Edmonton Oilers time playing at Rexall Place is coming to an end within a few years. The long awaited news about the Oilers’ planned new arena was finally given the green light to begin construction. The arena is expected to be finished by the fall of 2016.
That would put the Oilers in line to start playing in the new arena in time for the 2016-17 season. The Oilers are hoping that they will be back contending for the playoffs by that time.
The arena will be known as Rogers Place. It will be an 18, 641-seat arena and could cost up to $480 million.
Edmonton mayor Don Iveson had this to say about the news.
“This is an exciting day for Edmonton as we move ahead with a project that will help realize our vision of a more vibrant downtown and ensures that the Edmonton Oilers remain a vital part of our city for years to come…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.”
Daryl Katz, owner of the Oilers, had this to add.
“For the Katz Group and the Edmonton Oilers, 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… We couldn’t be more excited to see that vision becoming a reality and I want to thank Mayor Iveson, City Council, former Mayor Stephen Mandel, and the entire team at the City and everyone else who has labored over this project for years for their tenacity and faith in this project.”
The Oilers have been playing at Rexall Place since the days of the World Hockey Association.