Ice District also referred to as the Edmonton Arena District, is a $2.5 billion mixed-use sports and entertainment district being developed on 10 hectares (25 acres) of land in Downtown Edmonton and a portion of the neighbourhood of Central McDougall. When completed it will be Canada's largest mixed-use and entertainment district. The developers of the district are the Katz Group and the ONE Development Group. On July 13, 2015, it was announced that the area of the city surrounding the arena from 101 and 104 Street to 103 and 106 Avenue would be referred to as "Ice District" – a name created by Daryl Katz.
Edmonton Arena District
Mixed-use sports and entertainment district
Location of Ice District in Edmonton
|Coordinates: 53.5454°N 113.4966°W|
|Neighbourhoods||Downtown and Central McDougall|
|• Mayor||Don Iveson|
|• Administrative body||Edmonton City Council|
|• Councillor||Scott McKeen|
Landmarks and attractions
Rogers Place, the home arena for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, is the main attraction of the district. Opened on September 8, 2016, it seats 18,500 people for hockey games. The cost of the arena was around $480 million.
The winter garden, named Ford Hall, is a 4,200-square-metre (45,000 sq ft), climate-controlled facility, that spans 104 Avenue. It is a public gathering space and connects the Edmonton LRT with the grand entrance of Rogers Place. There will also be a pedway connection to the new JW Marriott hotel. It opened on September 8, 2016, at a cost of $56.5 million.
The Edmonton Downtown Community Arena is the home arena of the MacEwan University Griffins hockey teams, and hosts practices for the Oilers and the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. It has a seating capacity of 1000.
With the new development about 4,000 new parking spaces are being created. As well there will be 5,000–10,000 within a 5-to-10-minute walk from the arena and public plaza. Major roads include 104 Avenue, 101 Street, and 105 Street.
The district's main public transportation is handled through the Edmonton Transit Service bus routes (ETS) and Edmonton Light Rail Transit (LRT). The main LRT station is MacEwan station, located just north of Rogers Place. With the pedway system additions, four LRT stations will have direct access; this includes MacEwan, Bay/Enterprise, Central, and Churchill stations. A number of Strathcona County Transit and St. Albert Transit bus routes also serve the district.
Office and residential towers
Two new office buildings were/are being constructed in the district, as well as a hotel with private residences above and another residential tower. The City of Edmonton Tower with 29 floors and a height of 129.8 metres (426 ft) opened in December 2016, with construction coming to an end in 2017. Stantec Tower will have 66 or 67 floors and a height of 250.8 metres (823 ft). The combined JW Marriott Edmonton Ice District & Residences will have 55 floors and a height of 192.15 metres (630.4 ft), expected to be completed in late 2018.
Stantec Tower, the new headquarters of Stantec, is the tallest building in Edmonton, and the tallest building west of Toronto at a height of 250.8 metres (823 ft). Thirty-three stories will be dedicated towards residential units.
The Edmonton Tower is a 29-storey 129.84-metre (426.0 ft) tall, office building in the Ice District area of Edmonton. It was topped-out in early spring 2016, and completed in December 2016. City of Edmonton staff began moving to the tower in November 2016. It is Edmonton's fifth tallest building.
JW Marriott Edmonton & Residences
The JW Marriott Edmonton Ice District & Residences was completed in August 2019. The 356-room hotel component, occupying the 1st through 22nd floors, is operated by JW Marriott Hotels. It has 2,300 square metres (25,000 sq ft) for conference halls and a 930-square-metre (10,000 sq ft) ballroom. This is the third hotel of this brand in Canada. Residential condominiums known as the Legends Private Residences will occupy the 23rd through 54th floors above the hotel.
Ice District Tower B
Ice District Tower B is an under construction mixed-use tower in the Ice District. It will sit at 104 Avenue and 103 Street and be 47 storeys tall at 160.0 metres (524.9 ft), and was originally expected to be fully completed by 2020. In March 2019, it was announced that a Loblaws CityMarket would serve as the anchor tenant for the retail podium, with construction slated to begin "immediately." The tower portion of the project would be put on-hold temporarily, while the retail podium is expected to completed in the fall of 2020
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