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Edmonton’s new arena could look pretty cool if it gets built

Apr 25, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

The City of Edmonton has released some preliminary design images of the proposed new downtown arena to replace Rexall Place as the home of the Oilers.



According to the Canadian Press, the “city says the pictures are part of preliminary design work that provides a starting point for evaluating other options.”

In other words, there’s no guarantee the Oilers’ new rink will look like a big backwards P. Or if you’re looking from the opposite direction, a big lowercase b. Or from another direction, a gas-station nozzle. Not sure what it looks like from the fourth direction – an igloo?

The $450-million project is still $100 million short in funding commitments, and both the provincial and federal governments are ideologically opposed to subsidizing private businesses.

However, it’s unimaginable a new arena doesn’t get built somehow. No government wants to be the one that allows an NHL team to leave Canada. Might as well walk around punching voters in the face.

  1. rob1986s - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Does EDM still have the best ice in the league? Hopefully the new rink keeps that trait.

  2. Josh. - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    A snail. A snail is what it looks like from the fourth direction, Jason.

    • balewsquare - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      Good one. I was thinking leaf blower, but I like yours. Btw, what IS that piece?

    • challer9 - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      I was thinking a big foam “Number 1” hand…that’d be ironic considering Edmonton finished second to last.

  3. solador78 - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    How many first overall draft picks is it going to take to get this arena built?

  4. bcisleman - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Wait, punching voters in the face is NOT an effective campaign technique? Works for Putin.

  5. thehighcountrybear - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    The arena appears to dress left…this in opposition to the rightist tendencies in Alberta generally! Can’t wait to see the Alberta PCs rationalize shelling-out for this thing while cutting teachers and leaving schools and provincial infrastructure to fall into ruin. Calgary’ Flames millionaire ownership group will have their hands out next; nobody cries harder about the state of the welfare state while hollering harder for corporate bailouts than do millionaires dabbling in sports ownership fantasies.

  6. govtminion - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    It’s shaped like the head of a golf club… which I guess is probably apt, since it’s in Edmonton.

  7. ray2013 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    I thought it looked like a whistle.

  8. greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    The top pic looks like an angry jet cockpit and wing…

  9. quizguy66 - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    This arena would be cooler if the ice surface also has that same shape.

  10. b1unt3d - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    “No government wants to be the one that allows an NHL team to leave Canada. ”

    You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. There is absolutely zero chance of the Oilers moving out of Edmonton if a new arena doesn’t get built.

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