Edmonton’s downtown redevelopment zone has a new name alluding to both its anchor project and the city’s zest for winter sports.
The 25-acre area encompassing Rogers Place — the future home of the Edmonton Oilers — will now be known as the Ice District, as its developers seek to fill in the pieces of an envisioned mixed-use sports and entertainment hub in the urban core.
“Ice District is the perfect reflection of the type of energy and feeling this area will bring to anyone who sets foot here,” asserts Daryl Katz, chairman of the Katz Group, owner of Oilers Entertainment Group and joint developer of the Ice District with WAM Development Group.
Currently, construction is in progress toward the 2016 completion of: the 18,500-seat LEED Silver NHL arena with ancillary community ice pad and public space; a 27-storey office tower with a for-profit daycare at ground level; and a 60,000-square-foot casino. A public square, four-star hotel, residential condominiums, retail space and Edmonton’s tallest office tower, at 60 storeys, round out plans for phase one.