Arena slowly taking shape

By Gordon Kent, Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON – A controversial project some Edmontonians thought would never be built is slowly taking shape on a former downtown freight yard.

Construction began in March on the new $480-million arena for the Oilers, with excavators digging hundreds of truckloads of dirt a day to carve out the structure’s foundations. When finished in 2016, the facility will be 60 per cent larger than Rexall Place, and will have room for a couple thousand more spectators, as well as more washrooms, better technology and larger, more comfortable seats.

Some details are still being worked out — how many and what kind of food and drink vendors, the exact features of the big scoreboard, what events will be held in the adjoining Winter Garden pedway — but most of the plans have been ironed out.

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