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"A Stunningly Beautiful Building"

Rogers Place and the ICE District
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Image courtesy of Ice District JV

Image courtesy of Ice District JV

Image courtesy of Ice District JV

Image courtesy of Ice District JV

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“Daryl Katz believed from the beginning that Rogers Place had to be a great piece of architecture for it to catalyze urban revitalization in downtown Edmonton. HOK designed a stunningly beautiful building, inside and out, with unparalleled fan amenities.”

Bob Black
Chief Project Development Officer, Oilers Entertainment Group

Rogers Place and the ICE District meld an iconic architectural design and new development with Edmonton’s well-established commercial and residential neighborhoods.

HOK, in association with ATB and Dialog, was commissioned by the city of Edmonton and the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers to design a new arena and to oversee the master plan of an adjacent mixed-use district and plaza. The arena and district represent a significant reinvestment in the city fabric by the Oilers Entertainment Group.

One of the challenges was connecting the arena to the ICE District and Edmonton’s downtown. HOK and planners proposed extending the arena’s footprint over the main thoroughfare—104 Avenue—to connect the two parcels of land identified for development. This elevated, multipurpose entryway, dubbed the Winter Garden, is enhanced by street-level commercial development. The covered extension creates bold connectivity, a physical presence and a distinctive brand identity that reinforces the street grid and activates Rogers Place and the ICE District year-round.

The ICE District, envisioned in collaboration with Shugarman Architecture + Design, WAM Development and Hariri Pontarini Architects, will be a lively mixed-use development spanning 25 acres. The district includes a community rink, private development, office development, residential units and parking spaces, as well as a connection to an existing light-rail system.

The arena design creates a premium experience for every guest. Seating options include 3,100 club seats, 900 PCL Loge seats, 500 drink rail seats, 300 ozone club seats, 57 Scotiabank executive suites, 24 theater boxes, three clubs, two club lounges and Curve, a full-service restaurant. The arena features the NHL’s largest high-definition scoreboard, at 46-by-46 feet, as well as more than 1,200 HDTVs. 

As Canada’s first LEED Silver-certified NHL arena and the second in North America, the facility is designed to use 37 percent less water and 14 percent less energy than conventionally design venues.

Since opening in 2016, the arena has surpassed attendance expectations for sporting events, community events and concerts. The venue hosted numerous sell-outs for the Oilers and the largest-ever attendance for the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings. Sports Management named it one of the best stadiums of 2016.

The fan-oriented arena and adjacent ICE District are expected to invigorate the urban core and catalyze additional downtown development while extending Edmonton’s existing footprint and communicating its civic character.

“It’s nothing short of phenomenal,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in an NHL.com article. “The way it’s put together is ingenious. It is created and crafted and it has every amenity imaginable. The finishing touches and the way the building flows and the sight lines, incredible. … When you see the entire ICE District, this has been and will continue to be transformational for Edmonton for decades to come.”


LEED-NC Silver


1.1 million sq. ft. / 102,195 sq. m. (arena)
Arena: 18,347 seats (hockey); 20,147 seats (concerts)
ICE District: 25 acres / 10 hectares


Facility Programing
Interior Design
Master Planning


ENR Global Best Projects – Award of Merit, Sports/Entertainment

International Interior Design Association Mid America
IIDA MADA Silver – Sports & Entertainment Category


Number of guests who attended events in the venue’s first two months of operation


Square feet of programmable space that can be converted for commercial or private uses on non-event days


Number of TV monitors in the arena to keep people connected to the event


2 January 2018
“Rogers Place: LEED Silver”
Canadian Consulting Engineer

26 September 2017
“One Year Later, Ryan Gedney and Jan Steingahs Reflect on Rogers Place”
HOK News

6 August 2017
“Global Best Projects of 2017 Wow Construction Industry Judges”

14 March 2017
“Commissioner Gary Bettman Lauds Rogers Place”

30 November 2016
“HOK-Designed Rogers Place Arena in Edmonton Shatters Attendance Records”
HOK News

13 September 2016
“Crowds Cheer Edmonton’s New Arena as Rogers Place Opens Doors to Public”
Edmonton Journal

4 May 2016
“Rogers Place Hockey and Concert Arena Takes Shape in Edmonton, Canada”
Leisure Week

15 March 2016
“A Bridge to the Future”
Civil Engineering

Winter 2016
“Winter is Coming: Explore the C$2B ICE District and Rogers Place in Edmonton”
SEAT Magazine

29 January 2016
“Rogers Place Arena’s Winter Garden Has Gone From ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ to Building’s Jewel”
Edmonton Sun

13 January 2016
“Las Vegas’ NHL Arena is Great, but Edmonton’s Will be the Best on the Planet”
Edmonton Sun