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Edmontonians to get sneak peek of Rogers Place ahead of hockey games, concerts

Edmonton's Rogers Place on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.
Edmonton's Rogers Place on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Kent Morrison, Global News

The day many Edmontonians have waited years for is quickly approaching. The new downtown arena will officially open its doors on Sept. 8.

As a way to give the public a tour of the facility before any hockey games or concerts, Rogers Place will hold an open house on Saturday, Sept. 10.

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“So much effort has gone into making sure every detail gives people the best experience possible, and this is a great opportunity to get an up-close and personal look at our city’s new arena,” Rick Daviss with the City of Edmonton said.

“This is the start of a new day for our downtown and we are really excited to share the upsurge in energy that Rogers Place will bring.”

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The tour will include a look at the Ford Hall artwork by world-renowned Indigenous artist Alex Janvier, the massive high-definition scoreboard and the arena concourse.

“This open house will be the first of many ‘I remember moments’ that our community will be celebrating for decades to come and we hope to create an amazing experience for all,” Susan Darrington, GM of Rogers Place, said.

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Rogers Place will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sept. 10. Those who wish to tour the facility must sign up for tickets, which will be released to the public on Aug. 29. Tickets are free, but people book a scheduled entrance slot.

Those who attend the open house will be given a souvenir booklet with maps that will help them through their self-guided tour. The tour is expected to take 60 to 90 minutes.

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Rogers Place will be the new home of the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers will inaugurate their brand new arena on Oct. 12 when they face the rival Calgary Flames on the opening night of the 2016-17 NHL season.

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The first concert scheduled at Rogers Place is country star Keith Urban, who will perform on Friday, Sept. 16.