Rexall Place

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Rexall Place
Rexall Place Logo.svg
Rexall Place Edmonton Alberta Canada 07A.jpg

North face of Rexall Place
Former names Northlands Coliseum (1974–1995)
Edmonton Coliseum (1995–1998)
Skyreach Centre (1998–2003)
Location 7424 118 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta
Coordinates 53°34′17″N 113°27′22″W / 53.57139°N 113.45611°W / 53.57139; -113.45611Coordinates: 53°34′17″N 113°27′22″W / 53.57139°N 113.45611°W / 53.57139; -113.45611
Broke ground November 3, 1972
Opened November 10, 1974
Owner Northlands
Operator Northlands
Construction cost C$17.3 million[1]
($81.2 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect Phillips, Barrett, Hillier, Jones Partners
Wynn, Forbes, Lord, Feldberg & Schmidt[3]
Structural engineer Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.[4]
General contractor Batoni Bowlen Enterprises[5]
Main contractors SE Johnson Ltd. (mechanical)[6]
Capacity Hockey: 16,839
Concerts: 13,000 (approx)[7]
Field dimensions 480,000 square feet (45,000 m2)
Tenants
Edmonton Oilers (NHL) (1974–present)
Edmonton Rush (NLL) (2006–present)
Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) (2007–present)
Edmonton Drillers (CMISL) (2007)
Edmonton Road Runners (AHL) (2004–2005)
Edmonton Drillers (NPSL) (1996–2000)
Edmonton Sled Dogs (RHI) (1994)
Edmonton Skyhawks (NBL) (1993–1994)
Edmonton Drillers (NASL) (1980–1982)
Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL) (19741976)

Rexall Place is an indoor arena in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada situated on the north side of Northlands. It is currently the home to the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, the Edmonton Rush of the National Lacrosse League and the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL. It is the third oldest NHL arena behind Madison Square Garden and the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which opened in 1968 and 1972 respectively.

History[edit]

Rexall Place, then known as "Skyreach Centre", seen in 2001.

When the arena opened on November 10, 1974, it was known as Northlands Coliseum to house the World Hockey Association Oilers, named after the nonprofit organization that still owns the arena today. Then it became the Edmonton Coliseum in 1994, and Skyreach Centre in 1998,[8] before it changed to its current name during the middle of the 2003–04 NHL season when its naming rights were purchased by the Rexall medicine company, a subsidiary of Katz Group Canada;[9] incidentally, the Katz Group now owns the Oilers and the Oil Kings through a subsidiary.

The arena was used to host games in the 1981 and 1984 Canada Cup hockey tournaments, including Game 2 of the 1984 finals between Canada and Sweden. In the 1995 World Junior Championships, which were held in various cities and towns throughout Alberta, Edmonton Coliseum was the site of several games, including Canada's 6–3 victory over Finland on New Year's Day. The arena was one of the venues for the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

The venue was the site of several Commonwealth Games sports in 1978, and part of Universiade (the World University Games) in 1983. It also hosted the World Wrestling Entertainment 2004 Backlash pay per view, and the CHL Top Prospects Game in 2008.[10] Annual events include the Canadian Finals Rodeo and the Christian Conference, YC Alberta.

Before the 2007/08 season started, the Oilers dressing room was renovated for $3.5 million. The state-of-art room is now wider with a new medical room, lounge, bar, video room, weight room as well as other new facilities. Just after the entrance to the dressing room is a cubicle with 5 replica Stanley Cups in it that has all the names of the past Oilers who won cups with the team. Next to the 5 replicas is an empty space symbolizing that there is always room for another.[11]

Arena information[edit]

Rexall Place at night

The official capacity for hockey is currently 16,839, which is slightly less than the 17,100 the arena held before the 2001–02 NHL season. It is one of only three NHL arenas (the others being the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, also originally constructed for a non-NHL team, and the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island) not capable of seating more than 17,000 fans in its current configuration. When it opened, the capacity was 15,423, but it was increased to 17,490 after the Oilers joined the NHL by adding an extra tier of seating on the side opposite the pressbox. This was increased to 17,498 in 1982 and to 17,503 in 1986. The arena underwent an extensive renovation in 1994 in which the seating capacity was reduced to make way for fifty-two luxury suites. Fifteen more suites were added in 2001. The arena can also be noisy, as noise levels have reached 119 dB during playoff games.[12]

Rexall Place was the first NHL arena in Canada to have a centre-hung scoreboard with an electronic messageboard; the original scoreboard including a black-and-white dot matrix board. This was replaced in 1987 by a centre-hung scoreboard with a colour matrix screen, which in 1994 was replaced with an eight-sided scoreboard with four video screens. The current centre-hung scoreboard, designed by Daktronics, features eight messageboards at the top and four videoscreens at the bottom, separated by LED rings.

Rexall Place is the only NHL arena with the player benches on the same side as the TV cameras. In all other NHL venues, the TV cameras are on the same side as the scorekeepers table and penalty boxes.[13]

Future[edit]

Given the age and small size (for an NHL venue) of Rexall Place, the construction of a new arena for the Edmonton Oilers was proposed by the Katz Group in 2010. An agreement was reached in January 2012 between the Katz Group and the City of Edmonton for the construction of the new arena in Downtown Edmonton. Construction is expected to start in March 2014, and be completed before the 2016-17 hockey season.

Notable events[edit]

Live recordings[edit]

The following bands recorded live performances in the arena:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Markusoff, Jason (March 25, 2008). "Door Not Quite Shut on Provincial Aid". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  2. ^ Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada. "Consumer Price Index, historical summary". CANSIM, table (for fee) 326-0021 and Catalogue nos. 62-001-X, 62-010-X and 62-557-X. And Consumer Price Index, by province (monthly) (Canada) Last modified 2013-12-20. Retrieved January 8, 2014
  3. ^ "Edmonton Oilers, Rexall Place". Design Intelligence. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Association of Consulting Engineering Companies
  5. ^ "Initial Bids For Coliseum Announced". Edmonton Journal. March 10, 1973. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ SE Johnson
  7. ^ "Rexall Place Tickets". Ticketmaster. 
  8. ^ Zoltak, James (October 12, 1998). "Skyreach Equipment Ltd. Purchases Naming Rights At Edmonton Coliseum". Amusement Business. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Oilers' Skyreach Centre Renamed". CBC Sports. November 20, 2003. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Edmonton Oil Kings to host 2008 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game". Hockey's Future. March 28, 2007. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Oilers Hope Change is Good". National Post. September 18, 2007. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Rexall Place". Ballparks.com. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Good things come in Threes". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  14. ^ "Raptors Face Nuggets In Edmonton In Pre-Season Tilt". National Basketball Association. July 30, 2008. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  15. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3uH-vamqJg

External links[edit]

Events and tenants
Preceded by
Edmonton Gardens
Home of the Edmonton Oilers
1974 – present
Succeeded by
Rogers Place
Preceded by
Red Deer, Alberta
Host of YC Alberta
2000 – present
Current holder
Preceded by
Ottawa Civic Centre
Home of the Edmonton Rush
2006 – present
Current holder
Preceded by
Credit Union Centre,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Host of the
Tim Hortons Brier

2013
Succeeded by
Interior Savings Centre,
Kamloops
Preceded by
HSBC Arena &
Dwyer Arena,
New York
Host of the World Junior Ice
Hockey Championships

along with Scotiabank Saddledome
2012
Succeeded by
Ufa Arena &
Ufa Ice Palace,
Russia
Preceded by
Colisée Pepsi,
Quebec City, Quebec
Host of the
CHL Top Prospects Game

2008
Succeeded by
General Motors Centre,
Oshawa, Ontario
Preceded by
Halifax Metro Centre
Host of the
Canadian Olympic Curling Trials

2009
Succeeded by
MTS Centre,
Winnipeg
Preceded by
Rose Garden Arena,
Portland, Oregon
Host of the National Lacrosse
League All-Star Game

2008
Succeeded by
Pepsi Center,
Denver, Colorado
Preceded by
Tsongas Center at UMass
Lowell
, Massachusetts
Host of the
World Curling Championships

2007
Succeeded by
Ralph Engelstad Arena,
Grand Forks, North Dakota
First
Arena
Home of the
Edmonton Drillers (CMISL)

2007
Succeeded by
Servus Credit Union
Place
, St. Albert, Alberta
Preceded by
Saskatchewan Place,
Saskatoon
Host of the
Tim Hortons Brier

2005
Succeeded by
Brandt Centre,
Regina, Saskatchewan
Preceded by
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto
Home of the
Edmonton Road Runners

2004-2005
Succeeded by
Cox Convention Center,
Oklahoma City
Preceded by
Worcester's Centrum
Centre
, Massachusetts
Host of the
WWE Backlash

2004
Succeeded by
Verizon Wireless Arena,
Manchester, New Hampshire
Preceded by
an indoor arena
in Chicago, Illinois
Home of the
Edmonton Drillers (NPSL)

1996-2000
Dissolved
Preceded by
Winnipeg Arena
Host of the
Labatt Brier

1999
Succeeded by
Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon
First
Arena
Home of the
Edmonton Sled Dogs

1994
Succeeded by
Orlando Arena
Preceded by
St. Louis Arena
Host of the NHL All-Star Game
1989
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Preceded by
Edmonton Gardens
Home of the
Edmonton Oil Kings (WCHL)

1974–1976
Succeeded by
Memorial Coliseum,
Portland, Oregon