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Edmonton not excited enough about new arena

This is a cutaway drawing of the interior of the arena, showing how seats, boxes and other public...

This is a cutaway drawing of the interior of the arena, showing how seats, boxes and other public spaces will be arrayed in the finished Rogers Place. (Katz Group)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:38 PM ET

There is excitement, of course, that there is a new downtown arena under construction in downtown Edmonton.

But it’s not at the level it should be.

This city should be be ‘holy spit’ sort of excited.

For months I’ve been trying to get an opportunity to see the actual architect plans and be walked through them and, after months of pestering and prodding, spent two hours in the Katz Group office on the 17th floor of the Bell Tower overlooking the site.

With a four-inch book of architect plans on the table and the images you see on these pages, I left there totally blown away by what the building is going to look like when the Oilers begin play there two years from now.

I’ve been in a few hockey rinks around the world. And I’m here to report this one is going to knock your hockey socks off and win rave reviews as the champion of them all.


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