Located just across the road from the Coliseum Inn, Edmonton, Alberta, Rexall Place is a major landmark and indoor arena that hosts a variety of events. Known as the home of the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Rush and Edmonton Oil Kings, Rexall Place is one of the oldest venues in the NHL. However, the facilities are state-of-the-art.
A brief history of Rexall Place, Edmonton
Originally known as the Northlands Coliseum for its location, Rexall Place housed the World Hockey Association Oilers named after the owners of the arena. Subsequently it became Edmonton Coliseum and Skyreach Center before it settled on the present day Rexall Place after the naming rights were bought by Rexall Medicine Company, owned by the Katz group which also owns the Oilers and Oil Kings.
A historic venue
Rexall Place is the venue for many major sports events such as the Commonwealth Games, Canadian Finals Rodeo, Canada Cup Hockey Tournaments, World Junior Championships and much more. The most-loved event however is the National Hockey League. The Edmonton Oilers are the reigning heroes with the unbeaten record of winning five cups in a row. The Oilers dressing room at the arena that was renovated at $3.5 million is among the most stylish with its own medical and recreational facilities including a lounge and individual video, bar and weight rooms.
Currently, Rexall Places capacity is 16,839 after its extensive renovation in 1994. It features sixty seven luxury suites. The Katz Group has plans to build a new arena to replace Rexall Place sometime in the future and they propose to locate it in Downtown Edmonton.
Facilities at Rexall Place
The entrance to Rexall Place is off Wayne Gretzky Drive on 75th street, with the exit at 119th Avenue. There is ample parking lot around the arena and the lot near the north side doors is reserved for season ticket holders. Rexall Place is well equipped with adequate special seating arrangements that include wheelchair access with a separate entrance at the north. There are twenty four wheelchair seats in row 19 and an equal number of attendant seats in front of the wheelchair seats, allowing one attendant seat per wheelchair. There is free admission for children below two years.
There are excellent hotels such as the Coliseum Inn in Edmonton across the road from Rexall Place making it extremely convenient for visitors to book a comfortable and hospitable stay, besides giving them easy access to Edmontons on-going events.