Rogers Place Sports and Entertainment Arena, Edmonton, Canada

Rogers Place

Rogers Place is an indoor mixed-use sports and entertainment facility under construction in the downtown area of Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, Canada. The $606.5m project broke ground in March 2014 and is scheduled for completion before the 2016 National Hockey League (NHL) season.

Rogers Place will be the new home for Edmonton-based NHL team Edmonton Oilers, replacing Rexall Place, the current home of the professional ice hockey team. The new facility, with 18,641 seating capacity for hockey games, can also host big concerts and other entertainment events.

The mixed-use facility is designed by 360 Architecture and is jointly owned by the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Arena Corporation (EAC). EAC is owned by the Katz Group, the owner of Edmonton Oilers hockey team.

Rogers Place structure and design

The iconic sports and entertainment building is being erected on a 16-acre site and will feature the 820,000ft² hockey arena with ice surface, the seated arena bowl and a wide concourse. The building is shaped like an oil drop and is integrated with an adjoining light rail transit station, an outdoor pedway providing event space and a pedestrian connection with adjacent development at the complex.

"Rogers Place will be the new home for Edmonton-based NHL team Edmonton Oilers, replacing Rexall Place, the current home of the professional ice hockey team."

The design also includes a 1,000-seat community rink connected to the arena, an overpass and a large Winter Garden to provide a climate-controlled venue for the public.

The building will sit on belled caissons with its lower levels comprising cast-in-place concrete and the upper levels consisting of a steel-framed superstructure. An enclosed 40m-long bridge crossing over the 104th Avenue will emanate from the building to provide link to a site of future development to the south where the bridge lands on slide bearings. The facade of the bridge, mostly made of glass, rises over 20m above the deck.

The arena will also feature an office building and underground parking facility. Additional design elements of the arena include a facade system comprising stainless-steel and curvilinear glass panels, large unbraced column lengths and transfers of major column lines, large asymmetrical slab openings and a long-span roof.

Rogers Place Sports and Entertainment Arena construction

The building was ready to rise out of the ground as of October 2014. Excavation works for the project were completed, 700 piles for the community rink and winter garden were installed and 300 concrete columns were created to hold up the even-level slab, by that time.

Placement of the structural steel skeleton for the building was started in September 2014 using two 300t capacity cranes with a height of 300ft and a working radius of 270ft. The structure requires 15,390 pieces and 9,000t of steel in total.

The exterior of the arena is scheduled to be finished by mid-2015.

Financing for the mixed-use facility in Edmonton

The Rogers Place arena alone is estimated to cost $480m, while the winter garden, pedestrian corridor, LRT connection and the community rink are estimated to cost $56.5m, $15m, $7m and $21m respectively.

Sacramento Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC) is a 750,000m² indoor multipurpose arena currently under construction in Sacramento, California, US.

The City of Edmonton contributes $279m for the $606.5m project from the Community Revitalization Levy (CRL) and other sources. The remaining cost is financed through a contribution of $137.81m from the EAC as rent for the arena and the winter garden, $125m from ticket surcharge on all events in the arena, a cash contribution of $23.69m from EAC and $39m from other government sources. MacEwan University will contribute $2m for the development of the community rink.

Rogers Place will be operated by EAC, which will collect the entire revenue from the arena and bear all the maintenance and operating expenses.

Contractors involved

The ICON Venue Group, which was hired in March 2010 to develop the Preliminary Development Plan (PDP) for the new arena, is retained as the project manager for the facility. PLC Construction is the construction manager for the project.

Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural design and building skin services for the sports and entertainment facility. Structal-Heavy Steel Construction, a division of Canam Group, is the supplier of structural steel for the project.

The local sub contractors involved in this project include Stantec, Hemisphere Engineering, DIALOG, Architecture ATB, AMEC, BTY Group, CDML, and Bunt & Associates Engineering.