Throughout Alberta’s provincial capital, excitement is building around the construction of the Edmonton Arena District (EAD). The sustainably designed district will be anchored by a vibrant public plaza and an 18,647-seat state-of-the-art sports, entertainment and event venue called Rogers Place. Local shops, markets, dining and retail, two LEED Gold Certified office towers, condominiums and apartments, and a hotel with full conference abilities will be positioned throughout the EAD in an effort to create a mixed-use “live, work and play” community that appeals to locals and a thriving meetings sector.
Rogers Place is expected to be a marvel in its own right, sporting the first LEED Silver-certified NHL Facility in Canada, as well as high-speed WiFi throughout and tech tools to help visitors find everything from the shortest concession and washroom lines to interactive apps for hockey fans and concert goers. Pedway systems, pedestrian-friendly streets and public transportation, including an expansion of the Edmonton Transit System, will connect Edmonton on all sides. Once completed, the EAD will spread across 25 acres of Edmonton’s downtown core, drawing 3 million visitors annually.
“The two large urban centers of Edmonton and Calgary have the size and capacity for large conferences, conventions and events,” Slot says. “Then just head 1 hour outside the city and you have the Canadian Rockies. Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper all offer different properties, activities and off-site venues that keep meetings coming back year after year with their variety—even in the Rockies we can take care of groups over 1,000 delegates.”