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From ESPN's Craig Custance:
Completion of the new arena going up in Edmonton is still more than 300 days away, but there's a level of activity going on right now that suggests opening night is barreling in frantically.
Everywhere you look, there is someone hard at work: a guy rolling paint on a wall, sparks flying as someone else works near a giant metal beam, guys spraying purple insulation on the outside, others muscling their way through a job with handsaws. A smashed can of drained energy drink lies on the floor, giving the impression that some arena construction worker downed it, smashed it and got back to work.
It's all starting to take shape at this mammoth, state-of-the-art arena.
"This is Peter's office," says a guide giving a tour of Rogers Place, the Edmonton Oilers future home starting next season, replacing the aged Rexall Place. "This is Todd's office."
The future workplace of Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Todd McLellan are nothing more than studded-out walls, but at this relentless construction pace, there will be drywall and family photos up before the tour is completed.
It's remarkable, really: the pace. The plans. The vision of Oilers owner Daryl Katz. The giant oval dressing room. The attached practice rink. The parking for players and staff that will go under the ice. The 25 acres of land in downtown Edmonton being transformed into the Ice District at just about the same time the team is supposed to be transformed from an annual loser into one that can do great things.
The off-ice plan looks flawless.
From the Edmonton Journal:
The Katz Group must make a “very significant investment” by Oct. 31 to keep the downtown arena project alive, company officials say.
The company has been negotiating with the city since May for a final 17-point agreement to build the $450-million project, but vice-president John Karvellas says they need a firm deal by Halloween.
That’s when their option to buy land for the site expires, and they’ve exhausted their right to extend the closing date, he said in a news release.
As well, they’re already well past the point where the new home for the Oilers would be ready for the 2014 hockey season as they originally wanted, he said.
“Soon we will lose the opportunity to be in a new arena for the 2015 season. And construction costs are rising, as we have feared they would. These and other factors create a real and unavoidable urgency to get something done,” he said.
from Bob Stouffer of the Edmonton Sun,
Daryl Katz will officially become the new owner of the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.
If Katz is looking for an owner and an organization after which to model the Oilers, he should look no further than Mike Ilitch and the Detroit Red Wings.
With their fourth Stanley Cup victory in the last 11 seasons to complement seven straight seasons with 48+ wins, it goes without saying that the Red Wings are far and away the best organization in the NHL.