October 12, 2016 9:46 pm
Updated: October 12, 2016 11:50 pm

IN PHOTOS: Rogers Place hosts inaugural Battle of Alberta

WATCH ABOVE: The Edmonton Oilers played their season opener against the Calgary Flames Wednesday night at Rogers Place. It was also a big day in Oil Country, with several former Oilers, including Wayne Gretzky, in town. Here's a look back at the events of the day.


Hours before the Edmonton Oilers faced the Calgary Flames Wednesday night, work was underway to ensure Rogers Place was looking its best for the Battle of Alberta.

The zamboni took a few final laps around the ice at around 5 p.m. and staff gave the plexiglass a last-minute clean.

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Every guest attending the first Oilers game of the regular season at the new arena was treated to an Oilers shirt and an interactive light-up bracelet to be used in Wednesday’s pre-game show.

“I’ve been waiting for this for a few months now,” said one Oilers fan.

“I’ve been anticipating this ever since they talked about putting a new building up here,” added another. “We’re really excited.”

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The T-shirts were colour coordinated to create the Oilers logo for fans looking across the ice at the seats opposite them. That, plus a light show, washed the arena in orange and blue.

Fans started streaming in at a little after 5 p.m., with many getting their first look at the Oilers new home.

Then an opening ceremony was held, followed by warm ups.

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