March 10, 2016 8:30 pm

Where does Rogers Place construction stand 6 months ahead of opening day?

A line up formed outside Rogers Place before the arena's doors opened to the public for a sneak peak of the facility, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016.

Sarah Kraus, Global News

EDMONTON — Construction crews were hard at work Thursday, pouring the concrete slab that will sit under the ice surface at the new downtown arena.

With just six months to go until the Edmonton Oilers move in and Rogers Place officially opens, construction on the massive arena is on time and on budget.

As of the end of February, about $441.5 million had been spent on the $605-million project.

Some of the milestone work that’s been done in the past few weeks include the installation of the very first seat in the stands.

Other work currently underway ranges from exterior roofing, panelling and glazing to interior fireproofing, framing and drywall.

Some of the notable work to come in the months to come includes installing the rest of the seats and the arrival of the scoreboard, which will both be done in May.

Watch below: Time-lapse video of year-two of construction work on Rogers Place

In December, about 660 people were on site every day working on the arena. To date, 5,135 workers have been involved in the project.

Scheduled opening dates for other buildings in Ice District include:

  • Casino/Oilers Entertainment Group Offices – September 2016
  • Edmonton Office Tower – November 2016
  • JW Marriott Hotel – Summer 2018
  • Legends Residential Tower – Spring 2019
  • Stantec Office Tower – Fall 2018
  • Stantec Residential Units – Summer 2019
  • Stantec Tower Retail Podium – Fall 2018

A report on Arena District work will be presented to city council next week.

Watch below: Global Edmonton’s ongoing coverage of the downtown arena

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