Rogers Place

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Rogers Place
Rogers Place Logo.png
Rogers Place Arena.jpg
Rogers Place completed in September 2016
Address 300 – 10214 104 Avenue NW
Location Edmonton, Alberta
Coordinates 53°32′49″N 113°29′52″W / 53.54694°N 113.49778°W / 53.54694; -113.49778Coordinates: 53°32′49″N 113°29′52″W / 53.54694°N 113.49778°W / 53.54694; -113.49778
Public transit Edmonton LRT (MacEwan)
Edmonton Transit Service (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 15, 57, 100, 151)
Owner City of Edmonton
Operator Oilers Entertainment Group[1]
Capacity Hockey: 18,347
Basketball: 19,500
Concert: 20,734
Field size 1,110,900 square feet (103,210 m2)
Surface Ice
14 by 14 by 11 metres (46 ft × 46 ft × 36 ft)[2]
Broke ground March 3, 2014[3]
Built March 2014–September 2016
Opened September 8, 2016
Construction cost C$480 million
Architect 360 Architecture[4]
Manica Architecture[5]
Arndt Tkalcic Bengert[5]
Project manager ICON Venue Group[6]
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti[5]
Services engineer M-E Engineers, Inc.[5]
General contractor PCL Construction[8]
Main contractors PCL Construction[9]
Edmonton Oilers (NHL) (2016–present)
Edmonton Oil Kings[10] (WHL) (2016–present)

Rogers Place is a multi-use indoor arena in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Construction started in March 2014, and the building officially opened on September 8, 2016, the arena has a seating capacity of 18,500 as a hockey venue and 20,734 as a concert venue.[11] It replaced Northlands Coliseum (opened 1974) as the home of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers and the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings. The arena is located at the block between 101 and 104 Streets and 104 and 105 Avenues. Public transit access to the arena is provided by the Edmonton Light Rail Transit system (MacEwan station on the Metro Line) and Edmonton Transit Service bus.


Rogers Place during the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs

The arena building was initially estimated to cost $450 million, the City of Edmonton was to pay $125 million, the Katz Group of Companies was to contribute $100 million, and $125 million was to come from a user-paid facility fee.[12] The remaining money was expected to come from the province or federal agencies.[13] Estimated cost then increased substantially during continued discussions to a current estimated price of $480 million for the arena, and $604.5 million for the entire project.[14]

On October 26, 2011, the Edmonton City Council approved a funding framework for the arena by a vote of 10 to 3.[15] A year later, however, with costs escalating and the Katz Group making increasing demands, the city passed a motion to end negotiations with the Katz Group and to seek out a new deal or find other options but would still be open to communicating with Daryl Katz for future talks.[16][17]

On May 15, 2013, the Edmonton City Council passed a deal that saw the City of Edmonton, and Oilers owner Daryl Katz each put in more money to offset the $55 million shortfall needed to build the new downtown arena. Katz chipped in an additional $15 million through the Edmonton Arena Corporation and another $15 million came from the Community Revitalization Levy (CRL),[18] on December 3, 2013, Rogers Communications announced a 10-year naming rights deal for the new arena, henceforth known as Rogers Place.[19] Rogers Place is one of four Rogers-branded sporting facilities in Canada, alongside Rogers Centre in Toronto, Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston, and Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

The arena was funded by the following sources:[20]

  • $279 million from the Community Revitalization Levy (CRL) and other incremental revenues (increased parking revenue, reallocation of existing subsidy paid to Northlands and new taxes from business in the arena)
  • $125 million from ticket surcharge on all events in the new arena
  • $137.81 million from lease revenue for the Arena
  • $23.68 million in cash from Edmonton Arena Corporation
  • $25 million from other government sources

A new agreement was reached on January 23, 2013 between the two parties on moving forward with the arena,[21] on February 11, 2014, it was announced that the project was completely funded, and would go ahead.[14][22] Construction of the new arena broke ground in March 2014.[23]

Rogers Place officially opened on September 8, 2016.[24]


The Oilers played their first game on October 12, 2016, against their nearby rivals, the Calgary Flames. Prior to the game, there was a pregame ceremony featuring former Oilers Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, where a statue of Gretzky was unveiled outside of the arena. Patrick Maroon scored the first goal in the arena, as the Oilers went on to defeat the Flames 7-4; earning their first win in the building. The Oilers' first season in the arena saw them qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2006, ending an 11 year playoff drought, the first playoff game was played on April 12, 2017, where the Oilers lost in overtime to the San Jose Sharks 3-2. Two days later, the Oilers picked up their first playoff game win at the arena by defeating the Sharks 2-0.

The Oil Kings' first game at the arena was on September 24, 2016, in front of a sold-out crowd, the Oil Kings won the game 4-3 in a shootout.

Real estate impact[edit]

Rogers Place.
Rogers Place under construction in August 2016.
Ice District construction around Rogers Place in July 2017

As of December 8, 2014, $2.5 billion in downtown development has been directly connected to Rogers Place.[25] In March 2014 Brad J. Lamb announced $225 million of investment planned to build two new condo towers. The towers are directly correlated to the arena going ahead;[26] in addition to Brad Lamb's proposed condos, in early 2015, preliminary drawings were released to the public showing development of three residential towers between 103 Avenue and 104 Avenue on 106th Street to be developed by an Ontario real estate development company. These towers would accommodate approximately 1,300 dwellings.

Rogers Place is estimated to increase the value of real estate within a 1.6 kilometre (1 mile) radius[27] by hundreds of millions of dollars, according to University of Alberta economist Brad Humphreys. The Edmonton Arena District is the fastest growing arena district in the history of similar mega-projects [28]

Rogers Place was tied to a "hospitality explosion" even before ground was broken as operators were setting up their operations in anticipation of the new arena; in early 2014 there were far fewer options to lease or purchase as competition mounted.[29]

On July 13, 2015, it was announced that the area of the city surrounding the arena from 101 and 104 Street to 103 and 106 Avenue would be referred to as Ice District, a name created by Daryl Katz, owner of the Edmonton Oilers. The name was discussed by stakeholders, partners, and vetted by focus groups.[30][31]


Date Artist Tour
September 16, 2016 Keith Urban Ripcord World Tour[32]
September 17, 2016 Dolly Parton Pure & Simple Tour[33]
September 20–21, 2016 Drake and Future Summer Sixteen Tour [34]
September 29, 2016 Dixie Chicks DCX MMXVI World Tour [35]
October 13, 2016 Carrie Underwood Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round
October 15, 2016 Kanye West Saint Pablo Tour [36]
October 22, 2016 John Fogerty Rollin' on the River
November 5, 2016 Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire Heart and Soul Tour 2.0
November 18, 2016 Florida Georgia Line Dig Your Roots Tour [37]
February 17–19, & 23–25, 2017 (9 Concerts) Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood [38]
March 31, 2017 The Lumineers Cleopatra World Tour
April 17, 2017 John Mayer The Search for Everything World Tour
May 6, 2017 Thomas Rhett Home Team Tour
May 28, 2017 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway World Tour
June 2, 2017 Def Leppard North American Tour
June 3, 2017 Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017
June 7, 2017 Future Nobody Safe Tour
June 13, 2017 Tool
July 1, 2017 Sarah McLachlan Canada 150 in 150 Celebrations
July 4, 2017 Queen + Adam Lambert Queen + Adam Lambert Tour 2017
July 10, 2017 Duran Duran Paper Gods on Tour 2017
July 14, 2017 Matchbox 20 and Counting Crows A Brief History of Everything Tour 2017
July 19, 2017 Bob Dylan Never Ending Tour 2017
July 25–26, 2017 Ed Sheeran ÷ Tour
July 30–31, 2017 Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour
August 3, 2017 Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour
August 18, 2017 OneRepublic Honda Civic Tour
September 1, 2017 Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey All the Hits Tour
September 26–27 2017 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour
September 28, 2017 Nickelback Feed The Machine Tour
October 2, 2017 The Weeknd Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour
October 10, 2017 Imagine Dragons Evolve Tour
October 11, 2017 Arcade Fire Infinite Content Tour
October 13, 2017 Kings of Leon Walls Tour
October 24-25, 2017 Roger Waters Us + Them Tour
October 27, 2017 Depeche Mode Global Spirit Tour
December 9, 2017 Jay-Z 4:44 Tour
February 6, 2018 Old Dominion Happy Endings World Tour
February 15, 2018 Avenged Sevenfold The Stage World Tour
March 7, 2018 Brantley Gilbert The Ones That Like Me Tour
March 12, 2018 Santana Divination Tour 2018
March 22, 2018 Hedley Cageless Tour
April 6, 2018 Rod Stewart April 22, 2018
Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton
May 9-10, 2018 Shania Twain Shania Now Tour
May 15, 2018 The Eagles
May 18, 2018 Queens of the Stone Age Villains World Tour
September 4, 2018 Foo Fighters Concrete and Gold Tour
September 10, 2018 Sam Smith The Thrill of It All Tour
November 4-5, 2018 Justin Timberlake Man of the Woods Tour
Entertainment events
Date Performer(s) Tour
November 30, 2016 Amy Schumer Amy Schumer Tour
December 22–26, 2016 Cirque du Soleil Toruk - The First Flight
January 13–14, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays 7th Annual Winter Tour
May 13, 2017 Stars on Ice 2017 Stars on Ice Tour
March 23, 2018 Jeff Dunham Passively Aggressive Tour

May 13, 2018

 Stars on ice

|2018 Stars on Ice Tour

Sporting events
Date Event
November 8, 2016 2016 CHL Canada/Russia Series - WHL All-Stars vs. Russia Selects
September 9, 2017 UFC 215[39][40]
November 9–11, 2017 PBR Global Cup
August 2018
August 2020
August 2022
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament


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