Rexall Place
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.

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; incidentally, the Katz Group now owns the Oilers and the Oil Kings through a subsidiary. 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. The owner of the Oilers, the Katz Group, are in discussions with the City of Edmonton, and the Province of Alberta towards constructing a new 18,099 seat arena in downtown Edmonton, with the earliest opening at the start of the 2014-15 NHL season.

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. When it opened, the capacity was 15,423, 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. On February 25, 2002, when the arena was known as Skyreach Centre, Albertan rock band Nickelback performed in front of an audience of 25,000 people, the greatest amount of people to attend an event in the arena.

Trivia
  • Noise levels during playoff games have reached 119 dB.
  • A large bronze statue of Canadian hockey icon and former Oilers Captain Wayne Gretzky is situated outside of Rexall Place.
  • At the beginning of Game 3 of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim/Edmonton series of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Oilers' anthem singer Paul Lorieau sang only a few lines of " O Canada" before letting the audience sing out the rest of the anthem. This was done at all subsequent home games in the playoffs as well as at the home openers.
  • 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.
  • The 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game was held at Rexall place in front of 13,596 fans.
  • The 2008 National Lacrosse League All Star Game was held at Rexall Place on March 16, 2008.
  • Rexall Place hosted the 1st NBA preseason game in Edmonton on October 28, 1995 with the Boston Celtics playing the Vancouver Grizzlies.
  • Rexall Place hosted the 2nd NBA preseason game in Edmonton on October 18, 1999 with the Toronto Raptors playing the Vancouver Grizzlies. In 2008, another NBA preseason game was hosted with the Toronto Raptors playing the Denver Nuggets.
  • In July 2008, the PBR's Built Ford Tough Series hosted their Montana Tractors Invitiational event at Rexall Place.
  • Rexall Place is the only NHL arena with player benches on the same side as the TV cameras.
  • Rexall Place will host the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in 2012, along with the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.
  • Rexall Place is the only NHL arena where the naming rights and team are owned by the same investment group, but where another company actually owns the arena.


Live recordings
The following bands recorded live performances in the arena:
  • Yes filmed their 1984 concert film 9012Live at the arena.
  • Nickelback filmed their 2002 concert video Live at Home at the arena.
  • Our Lady Peace recorded part of their 2003 record Live at the arena.
  • Michael W. Smith recorded his live "Worship" DVD at YC Alberta.
  • Corb Lund recorded his 2007 concert on video during the course of the Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! tour.


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