By Cam Tait – Oilers Entertainment Group
Rogers Place is welcoming tens of thousands of people this Saturday, September 10 for their first visit of the new downtown arena.
And there is so much to see; so very much.
It would be a shame to give it all away, and we’re not going to do that. Why spoil the fun?
Instead, we’re going to give you a few interesting nuggets about Rogers Place you might want to look out for.
It’s a wonderful meeting place. With 34,000 square feet, Ford Hall offers architecture and technology all under natural light. It also connects Rogers Place to ICE District, south of Rogers Place. And here’s the really neat thing: Ford Hall will host countless events including, festivals, ceremonies — even pre-game tailgate gatherings.
Iron Foot Place
It’s the focal point of Ford Hall. The wonderful work of world-renowned indigenous artist Alex Janvier is highlighted on a 45-foot mosaic. The piece celebrates Edmonton’s history and its on-going legacy as a central gathering place. As Mr. Janvier said “All roads lead to the area, Edmonton, as it is a central destinatopm for all who came before, and who came after.”
This is brand new to Edmonton sports fans. Theatre Boxes are just that — a private, curtained off environment —with meal and beverage service for each game.
And, oh yes: the seats. They are oh-so-comfortable. Just like at the movies!
The Sportsnet Club
Located at one end of Rogers Place, is a space built with hockey fans in mind. The Sportsnet Club is two-tiered and offers great views for everyone.
We have the technology!
Rogers Place has state-of-the-art technology with a centre-ice hung scoreboard, the largest high-definition screen in the National Hockey League. There are 1,200 television screens throughout Rogers Place. Wi-fi connections are also available throughout the building.
PCL Loge Level
Brand new to Edmonton, the PCL Loge Level allows you to watch the game and interact with your friends. The area offers ledge seating and table seating — right over the action.
The Sky Lounge
This will be a great attraction after an event at Rogers Place. The Sky Lounge turns into a curtained-off nightclub after events, and the tunes will be cranked up to be one of the city’s most unique nightspots.
If you like numbers, here is what Rogers Place offers: The length of the escalator from Ford Hall to the Upper Concourse is 18.3 metres; there are 300 beer taps, 619 toilets, and 18,500 seats for Edmonton Oilers games; 35,500 vehicles are expected to pass under Ford Hall on 104 Avenue every day.
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