Street teams will be on hand at Rogers Place Saturday, guiding an expected 57,700 people inside for the open house.
Speaking on the Ryan Jespersen Show, the Executive Director of the Edmonton Arena District, Rick Daviss, said he’s been working hard to make the arena fit into the area.
“My role isn’t to just look at the arena, but how the arena fits into the community and how all of the businesses; the social agencies; the arts community; the people who live and work in the downtown; how it all fits together,” explained Daviss. “And making sure that it’s not a new element plopped into an area, but rather it’s a new neighbour and everybody’s working together in knowing what’s going on.”
Daviss added the new arena is already spurring on other development, as well, helping to increase the city’s tax revenue.
“I’d hate to see where we would be right now without Rogers Place and without that development — people would be screaming because we’d be looking, probably, at a significant tax increase. But, more importantly, it’s taken the risk out of it. We were anticipating that this development would occur, but now we know the development is occurring. So we’re much more confident now that we’re getting those numbers. They’re not projections any more, it’s just looking out into the future.”
If you do not have a ticket to the open house, you’ll be turned away at the door, since all of the available ones have been handed out. (td)