While Rogers Place is now open to the public, there are some spaces the media and public have still not seen.
On Monday, Global News was given an exclusive tour of some of the premium areas of the downtown arena not yet unveiled to the public.
There are 57 suites in Rogers Place, which seat 12 to 20 people. That’s down from the 66 suites inside the Edmonton Oilers former home, Rexall Place, but there are some other smaller suites inside the downtown arena.
Most of the Scotiabank Suites are already sold, but Rogers Place kept three available for private rental.
How much does one of these suites cost, you ask? For an Edmonton Oilers game, fans will fork over $9,000 per game. The cost for an Edmonton Oil Kings game is $1,000.
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Like an “old-style opera box,” Rogers Place is home to 24 theatre boxes. Twenty-two of the boxes seat four people; the other two boxes seat eight.
These boxes are purchased by clients and are not rented out. They’re only open during hockey games as they’re located behind where the stage would be during a concert.
There are two chefs who cook for fans during games. The perk is included in the theatre box experience.
These boxes provide privacy, comfort and drama to the hockey game experience, according to the Oilers Entertainment Group. They were modelled after similar boxes at United Centre in Chicago.
PCL Loge Level seating
With table service included, the PCL Loge Level seating has three private bars serving hockey fans.
Most of these seats are licensed, which means they’ve been sold to yearly clients. There are two levels of Loge seating, which sees four people sit at a semi-circular table with cushioned barstools.
With 150 tables of four and counter level seats, this area holds 800 fans.
It will cost fans about $60,000 per year to sit in this area of the arena, as each seat is priced at $15,750.
The OEG said this area is open, providing opportunities for networking and socializing.
Designed after similar lounges at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Rogers Arena in Vancouver, the Sky Lounge at Rogers Place in Edmonton is for 200 season seat holders.
Food and non-alcoholic drinks are provided for fans in the Sky Lounge.
The seats are at the same level as the press box and provide a bird’s-eye-view of the ice.
There is a space above the seats that can be rented out for parties, at the cost of $19,000.
Once hockey games are over, the curtains are drawn and the space is turned into a nightclub, fully equipped with a DJ. OEG said the space will be turned into a nightclub after games on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The area is used during hockey games only. Fun fact: Drake had an after party in this area after his concert last week.
Rogers Place officially opened its doors to much fanfare on Thursday, Sept 8.
The first hockey game was held at the arena over the weekend, when the Edmonton Oil Kings won their first game of the season against the Red Deer Rebels.
It was the first time the Oil Kings have sold out a contest in modern franchise history. The game didn’t go on without a hitch, though, as puck drop was delayed an hour-and-a-half due to an equipment malfunction on the ice.
The Edmonton Oilers play their first official game at Rogers Place Monday night in a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames.
Watch below: Ongoing coverage of the opening of Rogers Place