The Edmonton Oilers didn’t play their first regular-season game at Rogers Place until two weeks ago, but iterations of the $465 million arena had been spooling through the imagination of owner Daryl Katz for eight years — or since the day he bought the NHL team in 2008.
Against strong opposition in the league’s second-smallest market, Katz willed his vision into existence as the centerpiece of a $2 billion downtown development funded by a public/private partnership. Then he took control of the details. “Down to the fabric on the chairs in the suites,” he said...
...“Step one for anyone considering a new building is, go visit Edmonton,” said Tim Romani, the CEO of ICON Venue Group, which managed the design and construction of Rogers Place.
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