A brand spanking new downtown arena for our hockey team, the Edmonton Oilers, that's what! Yes, they are one of the worst teams in the NHL. Thank you for feeling compelled to point that out. But things are gonna turn around any day now, just watch!
Rogers Place is shaped weird, you say? No no no, it's supposed to look like a big drop of oil from above.
There now, does this graphic make that clearer?
See, it's sort of just like the Oilers' logo with its drop of oil!
I live on the edge of downtown Edmonton -- oops, pardon me, downtown Edmonton has just been rebranded and is now called The Ice District instead -- about 4 blocks from the new arena. Everything within two square blocks around Rogers Place is also under construction with more office towers, apartments, hotels, restaurants, a casino, museum, luxury cinema, etc etc etc. The new arena and all the surrounding growth it's attracting are going to transform downtown Edmonton and make it vibrant again in a way that it really hasn't been for the past 50 years.
Here's a cool time-lapse video of the construction period from March 2014 to August 2016, boiled down to a little over a minute:
And here's what the Oilers' new dressing room looks like. Pretty swanky, eh?
So, boys, get your asses out on the ice and start winning some goddamn games now, okay? Return us to the glory days of Gretzky and Edmonton's five Stanley Cups! That's not too much to ask in return for all our tax dollars, is it?