“The Coliseum will come back to the city because Northlands simply cannot sustain it fiscally,” said Mayor Iveson. After the unanimous vote, the city said that the decision would help the revitalization of the community surrounding the arena. The Coliseum opened in 1974 and was the home of the Oilers until Rogers Place opened last year. As you can imagine, some people are pretty crushed by the news that Northlands will close it’s doors as of January 2018.
Aww northlands coliseum is closing it held up really well with age!— Sports Fan 2017 (@ilovesports250) September 13, 2017
There was one fan who had a fantastic idea though…
We can always help out our neighbours down South right?! Northlands CEO Tim Reid said “Northlands is committed to the highest degree of professionalism through this transition and ask all involved to respect the impact on our 2,800 employees and 1,500 volunteers.”
Mayor Iveson posted his thoughts on his website about today’s decision and what’s next. He wanted to highlight 4 key aspects. You can read them here. He also said “We will have to grapple with the future of the Northlands Coliseum building, which we’ll continue to study and continue to work through as part of the Area Redevelopment Plan process,”
Photo cred Global Edmonton