The Edmonton Oilers are adding an extra 1,000 season ticket seats for the 2016-17 inaugural season at Rogers Place, due to high demand. The increase means 15,000 of the 18,500 seats at the new downtown arena will now be available to season ticket buyers.
“Well over 90 per cent of our current season seat holders have already selected their new seat locations,” Oilers Chief Commercial Officer Stew MacDonald said.
“With the growing number of members on our season seat registry, we made the decision to expand our season seat base to allow the greatest number of registry members to become season seat holders at Rogers Place.”
The Oilers said they created a seat registry to provide a fair way to ensure those who want season seats get them when they become available. The deadline to register to be eligible for season seats for 2016-17 is Friday, April 22.
The Oilers will also continue to offer Power Packs and individual game tickets. Details on those will be announced in the coming months.
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On Wednesday night the Oilers played their final game at Rexall Place and afterwards held a big bash to say goodbye to one of Canada’s most famous hockey rinks.
A long farewell ceremony followed the game, as generations of Oilers players had their names announced on the PA system as they walked out to centre ice at Rexall for one last time.
To see how construction is coming along at Rogers Place, several team members and their families got a tour of the new facility earlier this week.
“The way that locker room is set up, the dressing room itself, where our equipment is going to be, they did a great job. Definitely they had some good things in mind,” said left winger Matt Hendricks. His parents drove all the way up from Minnesota to take the tour with him. ”
The #Oilers got a look at their new home @RogersPlace last night as we prep to say #FarewellRexallPlace tomorrow.https://t.co/MJSUmKnt3T
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 6, 2016
Last month construction crews poured the concrete slab that will sit under the ice surface and began installing seats.
“It’s crazy. It’s hard to imagine how massive this is,” gushed defenceman Oscar Klefbom.
“You get really excited to come in here and start playing. It looks really, really good.”
Connor McDavid, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Andrew Ference and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were among the dozens of people also on the tour.
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The team also checked out the 1000-seat community rink attached to the arena, which the Oilers will be able to rent for practice when the arena is not available.
GALLERY: Edmonton Oilers tour Rogers Place construction site
For more pictures of the team tour, click here.
With files from Caley Ramsay, Phil Heidenreich and Emily Mertz, Global News