Edmonton city council has voted unanimously to close Northlands Coliseum at the end of the year.
The ‘House that Gretzky Built’ will close its doors on January 1st, 2018, when the City gains control of both the arena and Expo Centre, and control of the race track later in 2018.
This means that Edmonton will end yearly payments of $2 million dollars to the Oilers Entertainment Group; saving the city’s budget $17 million dollars of sponsorship commitments.
Council will review a new plan for use of the land, including the race track and barns, later this year or early in 2018.
K-Days and Farmfair will continue at their current site for at least five years.
The arena opened as Northlands Coliseum, and changed names over the years to the Edmonton Coliseum, Skyreach Centre, and finally Rexall Place. The Edmonton Oilers won five Stanley Cups over a decade before moving to their new home in downtown Edmonton, Rogers Place.