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WATCH: Rogers Place arena tour from top to bottom

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WATCH ABOVE: From star dressing rooms to the grand entrance, Rogers Place is more than just a hockey facility. Vinesh Pratap was given a top to bottom tour of the facility.

Rogers Place opened to Edmontonians Thursday after years of debate and construction. Global News was given an in-depth tour of the facilities on Wednesday. Scroll down to see photos and video of the various areas, split up into the levels of the arena. 

The project’s completion required thousands of workers, an enormous amount of material and hundreds of millions of dollars. Rogers Place replaces Rexall Place, home to the Edmonton Oilers since 1974. At 819,200 square feet, it’s almost twice as large as Rexall.

READ MORE: Today’s the day! Edmonton’s long-awaited Rogers Place downtown arena opens

Everything is upscale in Rogers Place, punctuated above centre ice by a giant, high-definition scoreboard — the largest in the NHL — that spans blue-line to blue-line.

Between the lower and upper bowls are exclusive rings of executive suites, theatre suites and loge seats. There are 15 escalators and 15 elevators to carry people between floors.

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At the far end are a sports bar and an after-hours-type club. Between the blue lines in the lower bowl are wider club seats, with exclusive lounge access. The arena seats over 18,000 people at hockey games and over 20,000 for concerts. Over half of the seats are in the lower bowl.

READ MORE: How does Edmonton’s Rogers Place stack up against other NHL arenas?

Ticket prices are higher than Rexall Place, in some cases double for a similarly located seat. A season ticket in the corner nosebleeds is $2,600. Sitting near the boards near centre ice for the year will cost $9,765. Season seats in the loge area are $15,750.

Mezzanine and Ice Levels

The south mezzanine club, one of two such areas, at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Each club has 1,600 seats and 
Image taken September 7, 2016.
The south mezzanine club, one of two such areas, at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Each club has 1,600 seats and Image taken September 7, 2016.
The south mezzanine club, one of two such areas, at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Each club has 1,600 seats and is on the mezzanine level. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The south mezzanine club, one of two such areas, at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Each club has 1,600 seats and is on the mezzanine level. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The south mezzanine club, one of two such areas, at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Each club has 1,600 seats and is on the mezzanine level. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The south mezzanine club, one of two such areas, at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Each club has 1,600 seats and is on the mezzanine level. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The south mezzanine club, one of two such areas, at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Each club has 1,600 seats and is on the mezzanine level. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The south mezzanine club, one of two such areas, at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Each club has 1,600 seats and is on the mezzanine level. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The concession in the south mezzanine club, one of two such areas, at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Each club has 1,600 seats and is on the mezzanine level. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The concession in the south mezzanine club, one of two such areas, at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Each club has 1,600 seats and is on the mezzanine level. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View from the ice at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View from the ice at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
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View from the ice looking up at the lower bowl of Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View from the ice looking up at the lower bowl of Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The entrance to the Edmonton Oilers locker room on the event level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The entrance to the Edmonton Oilers locker room on the event level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The exclusive, 60-member VIP Chairman's club on the event/ice level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The exclusive, 60-member VIP Chairman's club on the event/ice level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The exclusive, 60-member VIP Chairman's club on the event/ice level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The exclusive, 60-member VIP Chairman's club on the event/ice level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The exclusive, 60-member VIP Chairman's club on the event/ ice level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The exclusive, 60-member VIP Chairman's club on the event/ ice level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The exclusive, 60-member VIP Chairman's club on the event/ ice level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The exclusive, 60-member VIP Chairman's club on the event/ ice level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
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Loading dock on the bottom floor (Mezzanine Level) at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Loading dock on the bottom floor (Mezzanine Level) at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Loading dock on the bottom floor (Mezzanine Level) at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Loading dock on the bottom floor (Mezzanine Level) at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Loading dock on the bottom floor (Mezzanine Level) at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Loading dock on the bottom floor (Mezzanine Level) at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Loading dock on the bottom floor (Mezzanine Level) at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Loading dock on the bottom floor (Mezzanine Level) at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
A private performers room, meant for friends and family of performers (such as the wives and girlfriends of Oilers players) at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
A private performers room, meant for friends and family of performers (such as the wives and girlfriends of Oilers players) at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
A private performers room, meant for friends and family of performers (such as the wives and girlfriends of Oilers players) at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
A private performers room, meant for friends and family of performers (such as the wives and girlfriends of Oilers players) at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.

Main concourse level

City of Edmonton officials said they were, at times, skeptical of the grand entrance to the arena. Rick Daviss with the city said they were very worried about the cost of the space but now, he thinks of it as the “signature element” of Rogers Place.

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“This part of the facility is not an inexpensive part of the facility,” Daviss said.

“We weren’t confident that there would be additional development to tie into. It was affectionately called the ‘bridge to nowhere’ at times.”

Watch below: Vinesh Pratap takes us on a tour of the grand entrance

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The escalators on the main concourse at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The escalators on the main concourse at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Main concourse artwork of Wayne Gretzky, "The Great One," at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Main concourse artwork of Wayne Gretzky, "The Great One," at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Main concourse artwork of Wayne Gretzky, "The Great One," at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Main concourse artwork of Wayne Gretzky, "The Great One," at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
A concession/kitchen area in the main concourse at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
A concession/kitchen area in the main concourse at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View from the premium seating area at the top of the lower bowl at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View from the premium seating area at the top of the lower bowl at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Main concourse view looking up at the upper level walkways at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Main concourse view looking up at the upper level walkways at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
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The entrance of the main concourse, just inside from Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The entrance of the main concourse, just inside from Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Main concourse entrance at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Main concourse entrance at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The ceiling of Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) on the concourse level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The ceiling of Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) on the concourse level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Main concourse entrance at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Main concourse entrance at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The entrance of the main concourse, just inside from Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The entrance of the main concourse, just inside from Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View looking west inside Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View looking west inside Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
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View looking east inside Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View looking east inside Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.

Scotiabank Suites, theatre seating

The concourse of the Scotiabank suite level, where there are over 50 premium suites, at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The concourse of the Scotiabank suite level, where there are over 50 premium suites, at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View from the suite level looking down at main concourse entrance from Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View from the suite level looking down at main concourse entrance from Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016. File/Global News
View from the suite level looking down at main concourse entrance from Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View from the suite level looking down at main concourse entrance from Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The reservation-only Curve restaurant at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The reservation-only Curve restaurant at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Glasses at the reservation-only Curve restaurant at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Glasses at the reservation-only Curve restaurant at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View from the reservation-only Curve restaurant looking down at main concourse entrance from Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View from the reservation-only Curve restaurant looking down at main concourse entrance from Ford Hall (formerly the Winter Garden) at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
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View from the reservation-only Curve restaurant looking down at main concourse at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View from the reservation-only Curve restaurant looking down at main concourse at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View from the reservation-only Curve restaurant at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton of the 14-metre diameter mosaic tile art piece on the floor of Ford Hall (formerly called the Winter Garden).  The piece was created from artist Alex Janvier's Tsa tsa ke k'e (Iron Foot Place) painting. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View from the reservation-only Curve restaurant at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton of the 14-metre diameter mosaic tile art piece on the floor of Ford Hall (formerly called the Winter Garden). The piece was created from artist Alex Janvier's Tsa tsa ke k'e (Iron Foot Place) painting. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View looking into a partially-furnished suite (one of 57) on the Scotiabank suite level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View looking into a partially-furnished suite (one of 57) on the Scotiabank suite level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Kitchen amenities inside one of the 57 suites on the Scotiabank suite level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Kitchen amenities inside one of the 57 suites on the Scotiabank suite level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View looking down at the ice from one of the 57 suites on the Scotiabank suite level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View looking down at the ice from one of the 57 suites on the Scotiabank suite level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View looking up from one of the 57 suites on the Scotiabank suite level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View looking up from one of the 57 suites on the Scotiabank suite level at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
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There are 24 theatre boxes located at one end of Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
There are 24 theatre boxes located at one end of Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Lounge space outside the premium theatre seating at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
Lounge space outside the premium theatre seating at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
There are 24 premium theatre seating boxes at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
There are 24 premium theatre seating boxes at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
A hallway near the premium theatre seating at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
A hallway near the premium theatre seating at Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.

Loge Level

The loge seating level at at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. The level has 850 seats, which were custom designed and exclusive to Rogers Place. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The loge seating level at at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. The level has 850 seats, which were custom designed and exclusive to Rogers Place. Image taken September 7, 2016.

The seats, loading docks and dressing room

Using a steeper pitch and clever design, the City of Edmonton says every single person inside Rogers Place will have a good view of the ice.

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“What you’ll find in most arenas is the upper deck – you load from the bottom,” Daviss said. “We provide a full amenity space at the top of the upper concourse.”

The underground, enclosed loading dock has four loading dock doors and a marshalling area. The west side of the building also houses a second loading dock.

“You’re on the street, you look at this building and you have no sense that there’s a massive loading facility in here,” Bob Black, executive VP with the Edmonton Arena Corp. said.

When it comes to the Oilers dressing room, that too is state-of-the-art.

“We spent a lot of time talking to our hockey ops people, of course, they were very deeply involved in the design,” Black explained.

“One of the things that we wanted to achieve was the ability for our team to walk out and step directly on to centre ice.”

Watch below: Vinesh Pratap takes a tour of the upper concourse, loading docks and the dressing room 

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View from the cheapest seat in the house at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View from the cheapest seat in the house at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View of the upper bowl seating from the upper concourse at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View of the upper bowl seating from the upper concourse at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View of the loge seating from the upper concourse at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View of the loge seating from the upper concourse at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View of the loge seating from the upper concourse at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View of the loge seating from the upper concourse at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The upper concourse concession at Rogers Place, which has food and beverage, and bathroom facilities. The downtown Edmonton arena is one of a few in the NHL to have an upper concourse.  Image taken September 7, 2016.
The upper concourse concession at Rogers Place, which has food and beverage, and bathroom facilities. The downtown Edmonton arena is one of a few in the NHL to have an upper concourse. Image taken September 7, 2016.
The upper concourse concession at Rogers Place, which has food and beverage, and bathroom facilities. The downtown Edmonton arena is one of a few in the NHL to have an upper concourse.  Image taken September 7, 2016.
The upper concourse concession at Rogers Place, which has food and beverage, and bathroom facilities. The downtown Edmonton arena is one of a few in the NHL to have an upper concourse. Image taken September 7, 2016.
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View from the upper concourse at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton of the 14-metre diameter mosaic tile art piece on the floor of Ford Hall (formerly called the Winter Garden).  The piece was created from artist Alex Janvier's Tsa tsa ke k'e (Iron Foot Place) painting. Image taken September 7, 2016.
View from the upper concourse at the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton of the 14-metre diameter mosaic tile art piece on the floor of Ford Hall (formerly called the Winter Garden). The piece was created from artist Alex Janvier's Tsa tsa ke k'e (Iron Foot Place) painting. Image taken September 7, 2016.

Watch below: Rogers Place officially opened on Thursday. Here’s a look at Global News’ ongoing video coverage of the grand opening events

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With files from Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press.