It was a night full of excitement for Oilers fans, as they got to watch their team play their first regular season game at Rogers Place.
A sold out crowd took in the Oilers first game of the 2016 / 2017 season.
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One fan says he was happy to get a good value for his ticket. “(I came out because of) Oilers love, and I bought the tickets about three months ago for a lot less than they are worth today.” At least one of the 18,500 fans thinks the fact that they’re starting in a brand new arena should help the outcome of their season. “Guaranteed. 100 percent guaranteed.” There was no mistaking why this fan made his way downtown to see the game. “The Edmonton Oilers baby woo! That’s what’s up!” There were also plenty of Oilers alumni at the game. Both Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky got to take a lap before the modern day Oilers hit the ice.
Earlier in the day, Gretzky was given a job with the Oilers.
He’s now a partner and vice-chair with the Oilers Entertainment Group.
Meanwhile, the Oilers continue to sell-out their home games, even though the economy continues to struggle.
The City’s Chief Economist John Rose says in tough times, having a good time, can win out over dealing with major expenses.
“People are looking at those experiential opportunities and saying well, I’m willing to hold back on those big ticket items and maybe spend a little bit more on a hockey game or timeout with friends playing pool at a local bar.”
Rose says things like hockey games are important social activities, adding when times are tough, people want to feel like they’re part of the community. (km)