Edmonton Oilers to open new NHL arena in Faringdon
Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish announced the team’s new home at the old Edmonton Coliseum in Faringsdon, Alberta, on Thursday.
The Oilers, who played in the downtown arena from 1970 to 1987, are set to open the new arena in the fall of 2019.
The arena was built in 1963.
MacTacavish is set to become the first GM to play a full season in Edmonton, and he will have the support of the city of Edmonton and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson.
MacSween, who will be joined by Ivesons executive vice president of development, Craig Ives, and general manager Brad Treliving, will be at the unveiling.
Ivesen said he has a lot of confidence in the team and MacT, who has been in Edmonton since 2009, and the city’s ownership group will help make the city the hockey capital of Canada.
“I know how much the city loves hockey and how much they love hockey players and how important the city is for our team,” Ives said.
MacTauvin said the team will begin building a new rink and training facility for its players in September. “
We’re going to be playing our home games in the arena, we’re going in for our season opener, and we’re looking forward to opening the doors.”
MacTauvin said the team will begin building a new rink and training facility for its players in September.
The team will also build a new indoor facility and training area for its young players.
The city’s NHL team will have two new home games per season, but MacTausins team will play one of those games at the new facility, with the other in Edmonton.
The new facility will include a training room, locker room and dressing room.
“The hockey experience is always a huge draw for Edmontonians and we know that this new facility is going to provide that,” MacTaurin said.
MacGinn, a longtime Oilers fan, will oversee the construction and renovation of the arena.
“It’s going to help the city tremendously and it’s going for the right reasons, too,” he said.
The NHL will have a one-game season per year for the 2018-19 season, with a third home game in Edmonton every other season.
Ive and MacGillis father, Bruce, will take over as owners of the Oilers.
MacKenzie will remain as the team president and director of hockey operations.
MacLeod said the new home will be a great place to be for the city, with great food, great people and great entertainment.
Ivers, who is a former Edmonton Oilers player, said he is looking forward for a long and exciting future with the team.
“As a proud Edmontonian, I’m looking forward very much to having the opportunity to be a part of this great community and to help build a stronger hockey community in Edmonton,” he told reporters.
MacMacKenzie said he hopes the city and Ives can be a “model city for the world.”
“This is an incredible opportunity for us to build something that is a model for the hockey community and it will be really exciting for our city,” MacKinnon said.