Northlands Coliseum

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Northlands Coliseum
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In 2010 as Rexall Place
Former names Northlands Coliseum (1974–1995)
Edmonton Coliseum (1995–1998)
Skyreach Centre (1998–2003)
Rexall Place (2003–2016)
Address 7424 118 Avenue
Location 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
Public transit Edmonton LRT (Coliseum)
Edmonton Transit System (5, 8, 10, 99, 127, 141, 142, 318)
Owner Northlands
Operator Northlands
Capacity Hockey: 16,839
Concerts: 13,000 (approx)[1]
Field size 497,700 square feet (46,240 m2)[2]
Broke ground November 3, 1972
Opened November 10, 1974
Renovated 1994, 2001, 2007
Construction cost C$17.3 million[3]
($84.8 million in 2016 dollars[4])

1994: $14 million
($21 million in 2016 dollars[4]}
2001: $10 million[5]
($13.1 million in 2016 dollars[4]}
2007: $3.5 million
($4.03 million in 2016 dollars[4]}

Total cost:
$122.9 million in 2016 dollars
Architect Phillips, Barrett, Hillier, Jones Partners
Wynn, Forbes, Lord, Feldberg & Schmidt[6]
Structural engineer Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.[7]
General contractor Batoni Bowlen Enterprises[8]
Main contractors SE Johnson Ltd. (mechanical)[9]
Edmonton Oilers (WHA/NHL) (19742016)
Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) (20072016)
Edmonton Rush (NLL) (20062015)
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)
Official website

Northlands Coliseum, or simply the Coliseum, is an indoor arena located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, situated on the north side of Northlands. It was home to the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL), and the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The arena opened in 1974, and was later known as Edmonton Coliseum, Skyreach Centre, and Rexall Place, before returning to the Northlands Coliseum name in summer 2016.

The arena hosted the 1981 and 1984 Canada Cup hockey tournaments, the 1978 Commonwealth Games, seven Stanley Cup finals (Oilers loss in 1983; Oilers victories in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990; and Oilers loss in 2006), many other hockey events, along with other sporting events and major concerts.

The final NHL game was played at the arena on April 6, 2016. Northlands Coliseum is expected to close December 3, 2017.[10]


Skyreach Centre in 2001

Housing the World Hockey Association Oilers, Northlands Coliseum opened on November 10, 1974, named after the nonprofit organization that still owns the arena today. Then it became the Edmonton Coliseum in 1995,[11] and Skyreach Centre in 1998,[12] before changing to Rexall Place on November 20, 2003, when its naming rights were purchased by the Rexall medicine company, a subsidiary of Katz Group Canada.[13] The Katz Group later purchased the Oilers and the Oil Kings. When the naming rights expired on August 31, 2016, the name reverted to Northlands Coliseum.[14]

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.[15] Annual events include the Canadian Finals Rodeo and the Christian Conference, YC Alberta.

Logo used from 2004 to 2016

Before the 2007-08 season started, the Oilers dressing room was renovated for $3.5 million. The room is wider with a new medical room, lounge, bar, video room, weight room as well as other new facilities.[16]

The Oilers' last game at the Coliseum was April 6, 2016, against the Vancouver Canucks. The Oilers won 6-2; the last NHL goal was scored by Oiler Leon Draisaitl. After the game, many former and current Edmonton Oilers gathered at centre ice for a farewell ceremony for the arena.[17]

Arena information[edit]

Northlands Coliseum 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 was one of three NHL arenas (the others being the MTS Centre in Winnipeg and Barclays Center in Brooklyn) not capable of seating more than 17,000 fans in its 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 press box. 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 52 luxury suites. 15 more suites were added in 2001. The arena can also be noisy, as noise levels have reached 119 dB during playoff games.[18]

Northlands Coliseum 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 White Way Sign,[19] features eight message boards at the top and four video screens at the bottom, separated by LED rings. The arena also features 360-degree fascia signage by Daktronics.

The Coliseum was the last 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.[20]


Given the age and small size of the Coliseum (third oldest and third smallest NHL arena in 2010), 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 Rogers Place in Downtown Edmonton. Construction started in March 2014, and it opened in September 2016 with a seating capacity of 18,347.[21][22] Northlands stated that the old arena would remain open,[23] and a number of concerts and sporting events were held after the Oilers left.

On February 17, 2016, Northlands unveiled plans to convert Northlands Coliseum into a multi-level ice facility,[24][25] but it was later discovered that renovating the Coliseum would be more costly than building new.[26][27] As major events and concerts had been attracted to the new venue, Northlands experienced declines in revenue, making it difficult for the organization to pay off a loan by the City that was used to fund the 2009 expansion of the Edmonton Expo Centre. On September 13, 2017, the City agreed with Northlands to end its lease of the Expo Centre and Coliseum, and assume the debt, as Northlands shifts from entertainment towards agriculture. The City gains control of the Coliseum on January 1, 2018, and says it will be "permanently closed" and that future plans for the building are yet to be decided.[28][29][30]

Notable events[edit]

Live recordings[edit]

The following bands recorded live performances in the arena:


  1. ^ "Rexall Place Tickets". Ticketmaster. 
  2. ^ Jones, Terry (April 16, 2014). "City, Katz Group, PCL working together to deliver world-class arena on approved budget". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ Markusoff, Jason (March 25, 2008). "Door Not Quite Shut on Provincial Aid". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d 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 2017-07-21. Retrieved July 28, 2017
  5. ^ Marquette University Law School's NHL Arenas Finances
  6. ^ "Edmonton Oilers, Rexall Place". Design Intelligence. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ Association of Consulting Engineering Companies
  8. ^ "Initial Bids For Coliseum Announced". Edmonton Journal. March 10, 1973. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ SE Johnson
  10. ^ "Event Calendar". Northlands. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  11. ^ Hetherington, Mike (April 6, 2016). "Messier on Rexall Place: Time doesn't stand still". TSN. Retrieved September 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ Zoltak, James (October 12, 1998). "Skyreach Equipment Ltd. Purchases Naming Rights At Edmonton Coliseum". Amusement Business. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Oilers' Skyreach Centre Renamed". CBC Sports. November 20, 2003. Retrieved September 26, 2016. 
  14. ^ Parrish, Julia (August 8, 2016). "Rexall Place sign removed after 13 years". CTV Edmonton. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Edmonton Oil Kings to host 2008 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game". Hockey's Future. March 28, 2007. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Oilers Hope Change is Good". National Post. September 18, 2007. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  17. ^ Tychkowski, Robert (April 6, 2016). "Edmonton Oilers dominate Vancouver Canucks in final game at Rexall Place". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Rexall Place". Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ "Good things come in Threes". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  21. ^ Kent, Gordon (February 12, 2014). "Downtown arena gets green light for $480M". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Rogers Place arena opens in downtown Edmonton to great fanfare". Global News Edmonton. September 8, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  23. ^ Kent, Gordon (April 8, 2011). "Northlands vows Rexall Place will stay open despite new arena". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  24. ^ Ramsay, Caley (February 17, 2016). "Cost of transforming Rexall Place into two-level ice facility pegged at $85M". Global News. Retrieved March 30, 2016. 
  25. ^ Solte, Elise (August 31, 2016). "Edmonton Northlands finds public support for Vision 2020". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  26. ^ Stolte, Elise (May 30, 2017). "Council postpones vote on Hockey Canada's Coliseum plan". Edmonton Journal. 
  27. ^ Johnston, Scott (May 30, 2017). "Council postpones decision on working with Hockey Canada at Northlands Coliseum". Global News. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  28. ^ Stolte, Elsie (September 13, 2017). "Decision to shutter Northlands Coliseum means demolition on the table". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Northlands Coliseum will close permanently at end of this year". CBC News. September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  30. ^ Kornik, Slav (September 13, 2017). "Edmonton’s Northlands Coliseum closing its doors in January". Global News. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  31. ^ "Raptors Face Nuggets In Edmonton In Pre-Season Tilt". National Basketball Association. July 30, 2008. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  32. ^

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