A look back at 2016

 

2016 was a busy year for Rogers Place and ICE District — from the ice slab pour to the opening of the Edmonton Tower, and everything in between! Here is a look back at some of the key highlights:

JW MARRIOT ANNOUNCED

JANUARY 14, 2016:

JW Marriott Edmonton is announced as ICE District’s first luxury hotel. Expected to be complete in late 2018, the luxury hotel will be located between the 1-22 floors of the mixed-use tower — with the Legends Private Residences located above.

FIRST OPEN HOUSE

JANUARY 16, 2016:

Rogers Place welcomed the public to a sneak peek inside the building to witness the expansive progress of the ongoing construction.

FIRST SEAT INSTALLED

FEBRUARY 24, 2016:

The very first seat at Rogers Place is installed (seat 4, row 20, section 101).

ICE SLAB FOUNDATION INSTALLED

MARCH 10, 2016:

The ice slab foundation is installed at Rogers Place in preparation for the real deal!

OILERS TEAM TOUR

APRIL 4, 2016:

The Oilers get another look inside Rogers Place.

FIRST CONCERT ANNOUNCED

APRIL 28, 2016:

Rogers Place entertainment rollout begins, announcing some of the first concerts to come to Rogers Place.

SCOREBOARD INSTALLATION

MAY 6, 2016:

The scoreboard installation begins inside Rogers Place.

ROGERS PLACE SIGNAGE

JUNE 28, 2016:

The first Rogers Place sign installation is complete.

GREYHOUND DEMOLITION

JUNE 30, 2016: 

With the demolition of the Greyhound lot complete, the development of ICE District continues.

ICE TESTING

JULY 7, 2016: 

Crews work to install and test the NHL quality ice at Rogers Place.

FINAL TOUCHES

AUGUST 28, 2016:

Final touches are made inside Rogers Place, including painting the lines on the ice surface.

FIRST SKATE

SEPTEMBER 1, 2016:

Connor McDavid is the first Oilers player to set foot on Rogers Place ice.

IRON FOOT PLACE UNVEILED

Photo by: Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers

SEPTEMBER 8, 2016:

Alex Janvier’s artwork, Tsątsąke k’e (Iron Foot Place) — a 45-foot tile mosaic — was officially unveiled to the public.

OFFICIAL OPENING

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2016:

The official opening of Rogers Place included special guests Daryl Katz, Mayor Don Iveson and Wayne Gretzky.

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016:

Nearly 60,000 excited fans came out to see the Rogers Place Public Open House.

FIRST CONCERT

SEPTEMBER 16, 2016:

Keith Urban performed the inaugural concert at Rogers Place to a sold-out crowd.

OIL KINGS SOLD OUT CROWD

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016:

For the first time in modern franchise history, the Edmonton Oil Kings played against the Red Deer Rebels in front of a sold-out crowd at their home opener inside Rogers Place.

DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY ARENA OPENS

SEPTEMBER 25, 2016:

Complete with a juggler, free skating and a DJ, the official opening of the Edmonton Downtown Community Arena was a day to remember!

OILERS HALL OF FAME ROOM

OCTOBER 12, 2016:

Oilers Entertainment Group unveiled the new home of the famed Wayne Gretzky Statue along with the Oilers Hall of Fame inside Rogers Place.

OILERS OPENING NIGHT

OCTOBER 12, 2016:

The Oilers Inaugural Season Opener at Rogers Place was a night to remember, marking a new era for the franchise.

NOMINATED BY POLLSTAR

NOVEMBER 11, 2016:

Rogers Place is nominated for Pollstar’s Best New Major Concert Venue.

KIDS & COMPANY OPENS

NOVEMBER 15, 2016:

ICE District welcomed the first tenants of Edmonton Tower, celebrating the official opening of Kids & Company.

GARTH BROOKS BREAKS RECORDS

DECEMBER 9, 2016:

With a total of nine shows announced at Rogers Place for February, Garth Brooks shattered his Edmonton sales record.

TORUK SETS NEW RECORD

DECEMBER 26, 2016:

Turning Rogers Place into the mystical world of Pandora, Cirque de Soleil’s Toruk — The First Flight broke their single show attendance record!

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