It’s all the rage when it comes to Rogers Place
Pinch yourself; it’s real. Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton is open.
At 6:00 PM this evening, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson and Oilers Entertainment Group chairman Daryl Katz officially cut the ribbon welcoming more than 1,000 special guests to explore the new arena.
“Our vision was to build a world-class facility that symbolizes Edmonton’s bold future as a great Northern city,” said Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. “Rogers Place is the first of many new buildings that will be opening in downtown Edmonton. People will look back on today as the day the excitement began.”
Edmonton’s newest live entertainment venue is the catalyst of ICE District which also welcomes Grand Villa Casino, Oilers Entertainment Group’s head office, a community rink, and Ford Hall (a pre-event gathering space and primary portal to Rogers Place) this month.
“It will still be a few years before we see the full result, with the ICE District and public plaza complete,” said Daryl Katz, Chairman, Oilers Entertainment Group. “But for the first time in decades Edmonton will have a world-class urban core to match our world-class community spirit.”
And if you’re looking to design a world-class urban core, you better believe DIALOG is going to be a part of it.
“From the beginning, we recognized how important the downtown arena was to Edmonton,” says DIALOG principal Doug McConnell. “We wanted to support the project in any way possible because we knew it would bring new life to the heart of the city.”
Much of DIALOG’s contribution unveiled to-date is hidden in the details such as sustainable design elements and cast-in-place reinforced concrete at Rogers Place. While the 55,000 people who’ll descend upon downtown Edmonton for this Saturday’s Rogers Place Open House probably won’t awe at our mid-floor supports (however, they are magnificent), they will bring new life and excitement to downtown – and that’s a job we consider well done.
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