Tag: Rogers Place

Canada First?

ROGERS THAT: Rogers Place in Edmonton has had a big year, even after the shutdown. (Courtesy Oilers Entertainment Group) Country ahead of the U.S. on path back to live events The coronavirus pandemic continues to roil the United States, but its northern neighbor has fared better: As of Aug. 17, Canada had reported only 122,000 cases, compared with the United States’ total of well over 5.4 million. TOP STOPS: CANADA Canada’s border remains closed to Americans until at least Sept. 21, but with death totals in the single digits nearly every day in late July and early August, Canada has begun its reopening. In August, movie theaters even began welcoming customers once again — at half capacity — giving North American box offices their first good news in months. Like the United States, Canada has a long road ahead before crowds fill stands at stadiums, arenas, theaters and clubs once again. […]

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Little Trouble in the Bubble

READY FOR ACTION: The Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues stand for the Canadian anthem at Rogers Place on Aug. 12. (Getty Images) Edmonton’s Rogers Place conquering challenges as an NHL hub city It has been smooth skating at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, a hub city along with Toronto where the NHL resumed play after the novel coronavirus shut down sports in March. But Stuart Ballantyne, the venue’s general manager, said Mother Nature sent one last slap shot at the building amid final preparations for Western Conference games. Just two days after the NHL arrived July 14, and two weeks before a modified postseason schedule began Aug. 1, a summer storm blew into the area and caused substantial flood damage in the building, said Ballantyne, Oilers Entertainment Group senior vice president of operations. The company operates Rogers Place and owns its NHL tenant, the Edmonton Oilers. “We had a […]

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OVG Goes Into the Bubble With NHL

The Minnesota Wild and the Colorado Avalanche warm up before an exhibition game Wednesday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta. (Getty Images) Execs from Seattle, Prevent Advisors among those handling roles in Toronto, Edmonton OVG Facilities is playing a key supporting role for the NHL to get safely back on the ice to complete the 2019-20 season during the pandemic, said Peter Luukko, co-chairman of OVG’s Arena Alliance. The group has 12 officials equally distributed within the two “bubbles” in Toronto and Edmonton. The two NHL cities serve as the hubs for 24 teams competing for the Stanley Cup. Playoff qualifier series begin Saturday at Scotiabank Arena and Rogers Place, nearly five months after the season was halted by the COVID-19 crisis.  The conference finals and Stanley Cup Finals, set for Rogers Place, will run into October. “The NHL hired us to assist them in setting up the bubbles and […]

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