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WATCH ABOVE: Thousands of people have already scored a chance to be among the first to step inside Rogers Place. Shallima Maharaj explains.

With a week and a half to go until Rogers Place opens its doors, construction crews are putting the final touches on the downtown Edmonton arena.

Photos posted online Sunday by the Edmonton Oilers show staff painting the lines on the rink and installing a large piece of public art.

The lines being painted at Rogers Place.
The lines being painted at Rogers Place. Credit: Jeff Nash / Edmonton Oilers
Behind the net at Rogers Place.
Behind the net at Rogers Place. Credit: Jeff Nash / Edmonton Oilers
Centre ice is painted at Rogers Place.
Centre ice is painted at Rogers Place. Credit: Jeff Nash / Edmonton Oilers
A closer shot of the red line in Rogers Place.
A closer shot of the red line in Rogers Place. Credit: Jeff Nash / Edmonton Oilers
A shot of the ice surface at Rogers Place.
A shot of the ice surface at Rogers Place. Credit: Jeff Nash / Edmonton Oilers

The photos of the line painting also give a clear view of the arena bowl, where the seats are protected by plastic tarps. The blank boards have yet to be covered in advertisements, and the giant scoreboard — the largest in the NHL — towers over centre ice.

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The photos also show workers painstakingly installing a tile floor art piece.

Tsa Tsa Ke K'e (Iron Foot Place) at Ford Hall.
Tsa Tsa Ke K'e (Iron Foot Place) at Ford Hall. Credit: Jeff Nash / Edmonton Oilers
Alex Janvier standing on his artwork: Tsa Tsa Ke K'e (Iron Foot Place) in Ford Hall.
Alex Janvier standing on his artwork: Tsa Tsa Ke K'e (Iron Foot Place) in Ford Hall. Credit: Jeff Nash / Edmonton Oilers

Last year, Alberta artist Alex Janvier was commissioned to create the piece of public art. His painting, Tsa tsa ke k’e (Iron Foot Place), was transformed into a 150 m2 tile mosaic inset in the floor of Ford Hall (formerly called the Winter Garden).

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Janvier was selected from a list of Canadian and international artists to create the large piece. The aboriginal muralist’s mosaic is one of four major public art pieces in the arena.

READ MORE: Three pieces of public art for Edmonton’s new arena unveiled

The brightly coloured, circular structure achieves a dramatic pictorial presence. Its flowing, window-like form becomes a framing device capturing the dynamics of ice-skating. The push of the blade, as it cuts into the surface to propel the skater forward, is exemplified through a myriad of cutout shapes, which evoke the style of Henri Matisse, creating the sculptures dynamic form. A stepped, podium-like plinth combined with the sculpture’s frame like form create a welcoming symbol for the area – an artwork functioning as a place-maker identifying the facility and the activities therein. The setting encourages citizens and visitors to embrace it as a meeting place and to use it as a dramatic backdrop for photo opportunities.
The brightly coloured, circular structure achieves a dramatic pictorial presence. Its flowing, window-like form becomes a framing device capturing the dynamics of ice-skating. The push of the blade, as it cuts into the surface to propel the skater forward, is exemplified through a myriad of cutout shapes, which evoke the style of Henri Matisse, creating the sculptures dynamic form. A stepped, podium-like plinth combined with the sculpture’s frame like form create a welcoming symbol for the area – an artwork functioning as a place-maker identifying the facility and the activities therein. The setting encourages citizens and visitors to embrace it as a meeting place and to use it as a dramatic backdrop for photo opportunities. Courtesy: City of Edmonton
Essential Tree, designed by the Berlin-based artist collective realties:united, is a large representation of the abstract trees used by architects in their design models. The artwork explores the natural environment, while at the same time paying homage to the topiaries of the European Baroque era. Place in a planter, the sculpture interacts with the real ash trees, which will be planted in the area. It will take 60 years for one of these trees to reach the scale of this 14.5 metre tall, faceted sculpture.
Essential Tree, designed by the Berlin-based artist collective realties:united, is a large representation of the abstract trees used by architects in their design models. The artwork explores the natural environment, while at the same time paying homage to the topiaries of the European Baroque era. Place in a planter, the sculpture interacts with the real ash trees, which will be planted in the area. It will take 60 years for one of these trees to reach the scale of this 14.5 metre tall, faceted sculpture. Courtesy: City of Edmonton
Figures in Motion, created by St. Albert-based artist Al Henderon, combines the disciplines of painting and sculpture to create an artwork that celebrates movement and motion. In creating the work, the artist thought about the Downtown Community Arena and the activity that will animate it: “These places have a sense of community, and are a little wild sometimes, a bit proud and a whole lot of fun.” Bold, enticing and free-flowing, the work centres on a skaters and changes when viewed from many distances and angles by both pedway and rink users. The closer you get to the artwork, details such as pucks, skates, gestures and small figures reveal themselves.
Figures in Motion, created by St. Albert-based artist Al Henderon, combines the disciplines of painting and sculpture to create an artwork that celebrates movement and motion. In creating the work, the artist thought about the Downtown Community Arena and the activity that will animate it: “These places have a sense of community, and are a little wild sometimes, a bit proud and a whole lot of fun.” Bold, enticing and free-flowing, the work centres on a skaters and changes when viewed from many distances and angles by both pedway and rink users. The closer you get to the artwork, details such as pucks, skates, gestures and small figures reveal themselves. Courtesy: City of Edmonton
Figures in Motion, created by St. Albert-based artist Al Henderson.
Figures in Motion, created by St. Albert-based artist Al Henderson. Courtesy: City of Edmonton
Created by Aboriginal artist Alex Janvier, the artwork, Tsątsąke k’e (Iron Foot Place), evokes the Edmonton landscape and honours its continuing legacy as a meeting place. Janvier was selected from a prequalified list of Canadian and international artists to create an immense artwork for Edmonton’s newest public space. Janvier will translate his tile mosaic to be inset in the Winter Garden floor.
Created by Aboriginal artist Alex Janvier, the artwork, Tsątsąke k’e (Iron Foot Place), evokes the Edmonton landscape and honours its continuing legacy as a meeting place. Janvier was selected from a prequalified list of Canadian and international artists to create an immense artwork for Edmonton’s newest public space. Janvier will translate his tile mosaic to be inset in the Winter Garden floor. Courtesy: City of Edmonton

Edmontonians will get a chance to see it all for themselves at an open house on Saturday, Sept. 10. Tours will include a look at the Ford Hall artwork, the massive high-definition scoreboard and the arena concourse.

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

Those who wish to tour the facility must sign up for tickets, which are now available through Ticketmaster. Tickets are free, but people must book a scheduled entrance slot between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

There is a limit of four tickets per email address. Initially 28,000 were released at 2 p.m. Monday, but due to high demand an additional 14,000 were released. As of 9 p.m. Monday, over 29,000 tickets had been spoken for.

The city said it will monitor demand on Tuesday. If necessary, action will be taken to ensure everyone is accommodated and the time slots are not over-crowded.

On Wednesday, “due to a phenomenal response from Edmontonians,” another time slot – 4 p.m. – was added for the open house.

As of noon Wednesday, 47,298 tickets had been snapped up. All time slots from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. had been fully booked.

People 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.

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.

The total cost of the arena is $606 million.