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Rexall Place
Rexall Place Logo.svg
North face of Rexall Place.
Former names Northlands Coliseum (1974–1995)
Edmonton Coliseum (1995–1998)
Skyreach Centre (1998–2003) [1]
Location 7424 118 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5B 4M9
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
Opened 1974
Owner Northlands
Operator Northlands
Construction cost C$17.3 million[1]
Capacity Hockey: 16,839
Concerts: 12,000 (approx)
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 Skyhawks (NBL) (1993–1994)
Edmonton Drillers (NASL) (1980-1982)

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. Though it is one of the oldest venues in the NHL, it has been consistently renovated to keep the facilities up to date.

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History

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, 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.

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 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. 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.[2]

Seating capacity

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. Some media sources still quote the old capacity even though the Oilers have never announced an attendance above 16,839 since the most recent changes. When it opened, the capacity was slightly more than 15,200, but it was increased to 17,353 after the Oilers joined the NHL by adding an extra tier of seating on the side opposite the pressbox. This was increased to 17,503 in 1984. 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.

Trivia

  • Noise levels during playoff games have reached 114 dB.[2]
  • A large bronze statue of Canadian hockey icon and former Oilers Captain Wayne Gretzky is situated outside of Rexall Place.
  • During the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Oilers fans took to throwing a piece of Grade A Alberta Beef onto the ice. It was started during the 2006 Detroit Red Wings/Edmonton series as an answer to the Red Wings' tradition of throwing octopuses onto the ice.
  • Rexall Place is the only NHL arena with player benches on the same side as the TV cameras.[6]

Live recordings

The following bands recorded live performances in the arena:

References

External links

Preceded by
Edmonton Gardens
Home of the
Edmonton Oilers

1974 – present
Current holder
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
HSBC Arena & Dwyer Arena,
New York
Host of the World Junior Ice
Hockey Championships

2012
Preceded by
Colisée Pepsi,
Quebec City, Quebec
Host of the CHL Top Prospects Game
2008
Succeeded by
General Motors Centre,
Oshawa, Ontario
First
Arena
Home of the
Edmonton Drillers (CMISL)

2007
Succeeded by
Servus Credit Union
Place
, St. Albert, Alberta
Preceded by
Rose Garden Arena,
Portland, Oregon
Host of the National Lacrosse
League All-Star Game

2007
Succeeded by
Pepsi Center,
Denver, Colorado
Preceded by
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto
Home of the
Edmonton Road Runners

2004-2005
Dissolved
Preceded by
an indoor arena
in Chicago, Illinois
Home of the
Edmonton Drillers (NPSL)

1996-2000
Dissolved
Preceded by
St. Louis Arena
Host of the NHL All-Star Game
1989
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Civic Arena
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