In celebration of 100 days since Rogers Place first opened its doors, here is a look back at the Top 10 Moments inside Edmonton’s newest venue in the heart of downtown.
1. Rogers Place Open House
The Rogers Place Public Open House welcomed a whopping 60,000 fans to be the first to see inside Edmonton’s newest entertainment hub in the heart of downtown. The Open House was the first official Rogers Place public event, taking place on September 10, 2016.
2. First Concert Sells Out
Keith Urban performed to the first Rogers Place sold-out crowd on September 16, 2016. Making the night even more memorable, Urban invited two young sisters up onto the stage, where one performed with his guitar. Following his performance at Rogers Place — marking the inaugural concert for the new building — Keith Urban gave the venue 5 stars: “So many arenas are purely built for sport and the concert sound suffers, but not Rogers Place,” Urban said. “It’s one of the best sounding arenas I’ve played in.”
4. The grand opening
The Mayor joined Daryl Katz at the gated entrance into the arena from Ford Hall, where together they christened the entrance with the pull of a rope, followed by dazzling pyrotechnics and streamers to celebrate the official opening of the new epicenter of entertainment.
5. Nominated Best New Major Concert Venue
On November 11, 2016, Pollstar announced the nominations for the 28th Annual Pollstar Awards. Amongst the list, Rogers Place was nominated for Best New Major Concert Venue — the only Canadian venue in its category.
7. Garth Galore!
The fans asked, and Garth listened! Originally set to be in Edmonton for one show, Garth Brooks has added five additional shows to his Rogers Place visit in February 2017 due to popular demand.
9. Oil Kings make history
The Edmonton Oil Kings made history on September 24, 2016, with their first-ever sellout in modern franchise history for their home opener. To make the night even sweeter, the Oil Kings walked away with a win, beating the Red Deer Rebels 4 to 3 in a shootout.
10. Oilers Opening Night
Beginning with the unveiling of the Oilers Hall of Fame room — the only Hockey Hall of Fame room extension outside of Toronto — and the return of Gretzky (both the statue and the Great One himself), the Oilers Opening Night was simply an unforgettable day. Relive it all on PCL ICE Level | The Feature on the Home Opener.