If you’re heading to the first regular season Oilers game at Rogers Place Wednesday night and are worried about all the possible parking problems, the city suggests taking transit instead.
Jennifer Laraway with Edmonton Transit says there are four park and ride lots around the city.
She says driving to the game will be busy and could be stressful.
“Typically we see about 5,000 to 6,000 people for a major event, like a hockey event like this, and we’re hoping a lot of people take advantage of transit,” explains Laraway. “It is one of the quickest ways to get in and out of downtown.”
Laraway says transit can be busy during big events and she expects they could see a lot of people riding busses and LRT to get to and from Rogers Place.
“It will be one of the busier events that’s for sure,” explains Laraway. “We did have a really good test run with the September 10th open house, which attracted tens-of-thousands of people, a lot using transit, which is exactly what we want to see, and then we had the Keith Urban concert and other major events that drew in some big crowds so we are well prepared.”
Laraway says anyone taking the LRT home from the game to the south will want to make sure you check which train you’re on.
They’ll have to get on a capital line train to go past the Health Sciences centre,” explains Laraway. “After 9pm, the metro line train only goes to Health Sciences and turns back so our tip for people is to transfer in a warm underground downtown station.”
Laraway says you can use the park and ride lots at Belvedere, Clairview, Stadium station and Century Park, which would get you down to within three blocks of Rogers Place.
She adds you won’t have issues if you plan ahead and are prepared. (twd)
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