Rogers Place

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Not to be confused with Rogers Arena in Vancouver or Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Rogers Place
Rogers Place 2014 design.jpg
Design image
Location Edmonton, Alberta
Coordinates 53°32′49″N 113°29′47″W / 53.54694°N 113.49639°W / 53.54694; -113.49639Coordinates: 53°32′49″N 113°29′47″W / 53.54694°N 113.49639°W / 53.54694; -113.49639
Broke ground March 3, 2014[1]
Opened 2016 (planned)[2]
Owner City of Edmonton
Operator Edmonton Arena Corporation[3]
Construction cost C$480 million
Architect 360 Architecture[4]
DIALOG[5]
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[7]
Main contractors Structal–Heavy Steel Construction[8]
Capacity Hockey: 18,641
Concert: 20,734
Field size 819,200 square feet (76,110 m2)[9]
Public transit access Edmonton LRT (MacEwan) (opens late 2014)
Website Official website
Tenants
Edmonton Oilers (NHL) (2016–beyond)
Edmonton Oil Kings[10] (WHL) (2016–beyond)

Rogers Place is a multi-use indoor arena under construction in Edmonton, Alberta. It will mainly be used for ice hockey and other indoor sports, as well as music concerts. Construction started in March 2014, and is expected to open before the 2016–17 NHL season, the arena will have a seating capacity of 18,641 as a hockey venue, and 20,734 as a concert venue.[11] Once completed, it will replace Rexall Place as the home of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. The arena will be located at the block between 101 and 104 Streets and 104 and 105 Avenues. Public transit access to the arena will be provided by the Edmonton Light Rail Transit system (through the Metro Line extension, opening late 2014) and Edmonton Transit System buses.

Planning and funding[edit]

The arena building was initially estimated to cost $450 million. The City of Edmonton was to pay $125 million, the Katz Group 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] However a year later, 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]

A new agreement was reached on January 23, 2013 between the two parties on moving forward with the arena. Construction of the new arena is due to break ground in the summer of 2013[18]

On May 15, 2013, the Edmonton City Council passed a deal that will see 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 will chip in an additional $15 million through the Edmonton Arena Corporation and another $15 million will come from the Community Revitalization Levy (CRL).[19]

On December 3, 2013, Rogers Communications announced that it had obtained a 10-year naming rights deal for the new arena, which will be known as Rogers Place. The deal expands on Rogers' existing sponsorship deals with the team.[20]

The arena will be funded by the following sources:[2]

  • $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

On February 11, 2014, it was announced that the project was completely funded, and would go ahead.[14][21]

Real estate impact[edit]

Rogers Place is estimated to increase the value of real estate within a 1-mile (1.6 km) radius[22] by hundreds of millions of dollars, according to University of Alberta economist Brad Humphreys.

In 2013, the assessed value of properties within the Downtown Edmonton Community Revitalization Levy (CRL) zone rose 13% versus 3.5% for the rest of Edmonton.[23]

In 2014, two inner city neighbourhoods recorded the highest increases in the city in terms of assessed property values. Boyle Street saw an 8.8% increase and McCauley saw an 8.1% increase versus 2.5% for the rest of Edmonton.[24]

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.[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]

Impacted communities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Construction on Rogers Place Begins". CTV Edmonton. March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Final Piece of Funding for Downtown Arena Approved". City of Edmonton. May 15, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Agreement". City of Edmonton. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ Staples, David (January 16, 2012). "With 360 Architecture, Edmonton’s Arena Project Will Have the Right Designer". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Edmonton Arena". Thornton Tomasetti. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Stolte, Elise (January 16, 2012). "Downtown Arena Project Moves Forward with Project Manager and Architect Choices". Global News. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ "PCL Chosen to Build Downtown Arena". CBC News. April 13, 2012. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Canam Group to Obtain $191M in Structural Steel Projects" (Press release). February 26, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ Mackinnon, John (June 2, 2014). "John MacKinnon: New Edmonton Oilers arena on the edge of taking shape". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ Jones, Terry (April 17, 2014). "With Rogers Place Plans, What You Can’t See Is Just As Strong As What You Can". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ Salz, Allison (June 2, 2014). "Edmonton media get sneak peek at downtown arena construction site". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ Associated Press (May 19, 2011). "Oilers, Edmonton Set Arena Finance Plan". ESPN. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  13. ^ "No Promises from Province on Edmonton Arena Money". CBC News. May 19, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b Parrish, Julia (February 11, 2013). "City announces downtown arena budget met, work on Rogers Place to move forward". CTV Edmonton. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Council Approves Downtown Arena Deal". CBC News. October 26, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Edmonton to End Arena Talks with Oilers' Owner Katz". CBC News. October 18, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  17. ^ Parrish, Julia (October 17, 2012). "Council Votes to Cease Arena Negotiations". CTV Edmonton. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  18. ^ Mertz, Emily (January 23, 2013). "Edmonton City Council Approves Arena Framework with Katz Group". Global Edmonton (Shaw Media). Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Edmonton City Council Passes New Arena Deal". CBC News. May 15, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Downtown arena will be named Rogers Place". CBC News. December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  21. ^ Kent, Gordon (February 11, 2014). "Downtown Arena Gets Green Light for $480M". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  22. ^ Staples, David (November 22, 2009). "Arena Expected to Pump Property Values". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Downtown Edmonton arena to begin construction March 3 Edmonton CRL area showing above average increase in value". Metro Edmonton (Free Daily News Group). February 12, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  24. ^ Lazzarino, Dave (January 2, 2014). "Edmonton Neighbourhoods in the Area of the Planned Downtown Arena See Higher Tax Assessment". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  25. ^ Hicks, Graham (October 11, 2013). "The Downtown Hospitality Explosion". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  26. ^ Lamphier, Gary (March 12, 2014). "Condo Projects on the Rise in Shadow of Edmonton’s New Arena". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 

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