Friday, 16 September 2016

What Does $613.7 Million Buy These Days?

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?

45 comments:

Marie Smith said...

I would be pissed if my tax dollars went into a facility for hockey, especially with the Alberta economy tanked like it is. If an NHL game was played on our front lawn I wouldn't go to the window. Those are fighting words in this country!

DEZMOND said...

tell us, sister, does this mean the price of your place will go up too because of this? :PP

Elsie Amata said...

I'm glad you pointed out that it was a shape of a drop of oil. Never would've gotten that. Never. Cool stadium though.

mshatch said...

well, all I can say is I'm glad I live in a tiny little town on the coast of Maine where you can still leave your doors unlocked. I do hope your Oilers win some more games tho :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Dezmond -- Nope, so far it hasn't resulted in increased rental costs -- touch wood!

Bob Slatten said...

As an Official Architecture Whore™ I love the new building. Very sleek and cool.

Debi Livsey said...

Oh the Dream Team! Messie , Cheeros Greta! Now that was hockey! Gorgous arena! Go Edmonton! xoDebi

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Looks very trekky. Those Oilers best get at least one goal in that cool place.

lady M said...

Heck - that's a lot of tax dollars!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Very cool and expensive! Sometimes I wonder what certain architects are smoking when they design certain buildings.

Leeanna Henderson said...

I'm sorry but when you said that your Oilers were going to "turn things around any day now," I started crying. Yeah but I was dying laughing first which brought tears to my eyes.
Okay, it's been like 22 years since a Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup, and 27 years since Edmonton has won it. You Canadians are real sticklers for trying to get the Stanley Cup back, that's for sure. But I'm not so sure we wanna give it back just yet. It's so Shiny and sparkly and so pretty. We like it so much we gonna keep it for a while longer.
BWAAAHAHAAAHAHAHAHAAAAA! ;p

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Amazing video! And I love the building. Very cool looking.

Susan said...

Maybe they were just waiting for inspiration - such as this swanky new arena! I've spent years - no, decades - of my life rooting for the Cleveland Indians, so I feel your pain. And your hope. Go Oilers!

greekwitch said...

I wish I could watch a live hockey game. I think it is an exciting game. Many kisses and hugs

The Captain said...

It looks good. Regeneration of a dilapidated area is a good spend of public money if it boosts the local economy.

Birdie said...

My husband keeps saying the same thing about the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lynn said...

Mercy - that is a nice building! I'm glad that area is thriving.

bill lisleman said...

the time lapse clip is great.
Who is Roger?

Bob Johns said...

Oh, the Oilers glory days I remember those! Soon I will be saying that about my Blackhawks. But that stadium tho!! WOW, and to live that close would be awesome. Good luck to your team good news season starts soon!

anne marie in philly said...

DAYUM! I think my flyers play your oilers...but then again, I don't follow hockey.

Magic Love Crow said...

Wow!!! That sure is something!! I think the Toronto Maple Leaves are worse than your Edmonton Oilers! LOL!
(Thanks for e-mailing me about the ice-cream! We have Chapmans, so I will be looking!)

John Doe said...

> What Does $613.7 Million Buy These Days?
Quite a lot I would say haha

jaz@octoberfarm said...

maybe i just have cooking on my mind all the time but it looks like a big frying pan with a lid on it.

Magaly Guerrero said...

When I saw the picture, I thought it was a chic waffle iron...

Insomniac's Attic said...

I hope they win a damn game for their fans after all that, too! :D

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ bill lisleman --It's called Rogers Place because the naming rights were purchased by one of Canada's largest telecommunications companies, Rogers. They're my cellphone carrier, incidentally. LOL

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wow - stunning- I just love to watch things like that. I am always surprised that humans can build a one story building that doesn't fall down - and then to see something like this - amazing.!!!

Barbara said...

I really can't understand why we spend so much money on sports related salaries and buildings. I say that from the standpoint of a person that just doesn't have any interest in sports - except for Rockets basketball. However, if someone were to say to me that art museums or music halls were a waste of money, it would not go over well. So I guess to each his own. As for the other comment, I'll bet your rent does go up although they should pay you for the inconvenience of overcrowded streets on game day. I live near a celebratory area and its either be gone until midnight or don't leave home at all. Good luck. It may be fun after all.

baili said...

in my country politics is involved in national games that put great pressure on selection board and chose players only recommended by politicians .it has made the performance of hockey and cricket teams and rest others very disappointing .so painful for nation to bear such hopeless shows while there is lots of talent growing and grooming in the playgrounds and streets

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Watching the time-lapse clip , I thought of Bewitched and my nose itched .

LL Cool Joe said...

Loved the video but hate the building, but I hope it brings much more value to the area. I think I'd be moving away from it!

AntiquityTravelers said...

gorgeous new building - and very cool design. If only I liked hockey. Not that I have anything against hockey. I'm pretty equal opportunity about it - I also don't really like football, baseball .... you name it. I'd rather be camping, hiking or pretty much anything else. :)

bj said...

I know nothing whatsoever about hockey...or about your team...but I sure hope they win a bunch of games this year. Their new facility is so nice...and if you like pumpkin at all, you should try a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte...I couldn't even believe how good it was...

Missy George said...

If we had all the money that sports puts into it's facilities, we could pay off the national debt...but nobody wants to do that anyway!! So they should just go for it!! Beautiful

Guillaume said...

That is one ugly building.

Cheryl said...

Yeah, the cost of all the mega stadiums is staggering. While most of expensive stadiums in the US are built for football or baseball they also have exorbitant price tags ...at least a dozen have gone over a BILLION dollars (yes B as in boy) The Cowboys stadium was 1.15 Billion and the estimate on the LA Rams stadium is projected at 2.1 BILLION.

Still, I think your Oilers stadium is very cool and hope that it brings a lot of revenue to your city. Maybe it will inspire the team to step up their game.

G. B. Miller said...

Begs the question, was public money used to build this monstrosity?

Father Nature's Corner

John M said...

I hope it revitalizes the area.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ G.B. Miller -- It was built with a combo of municipal tax dollars and team owners dollars. No provincial or federal tax money went into it, although the team owners certainly tried to dip into that gravy train too.

mistress maddie said...

Boy.......i guess they better have a clean swipe of winnings now.........

The Happy Whisk said...

It looks like one of my earpods.

dbs said...

Yes, please Oilers, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!
I work in Edmonton every summer for a few weeks and I've done this since about 1991. A good friend has a condo on 104th and I'd often stay there so in the last few summers, I've been able to watch its progress. Truthfully, downtown Edmonton has grown and improved so much in the last 20 years. Hopefully all that money is worth it.

JACKIESUE said...

I thought it was the hitting part of the stick..go oilers.

e said...

I just got back from camping with friends, one of whom is from Edmonton and is a die hard Oilers fan. He is excited about the new facility and thinks THIS WILL BE THE YEAR! Sort of. More like, he hopes they will win some games.

Fundy Blue said...

Here's to your Oilers! It's time for a Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup! Rather cool looking arena ~ But too bad the taxpayers have to pay for it. We always get stuck for the cost of these millionaires playgrounds.