Northlands Coliseum to close for good
No decision made on future of the building
The Northlands Coliseum, home to the Oilers for over four decades, will shut its doors for good at the end of 2017.
Council voted Wednesday to take the facility back and close it down, as it was no longer cost-effective to keep it open for events.
However, they didn’t make a final decision about demolition.
The city still plans to repurpose the rest of the site, though plans haven’t been finalized.
“The future for Northlands after this restructuring is strong and bright,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “After this difficult transition we’ll be in a much better position to drive events.”
Despite voting in favour, Coun. Mike Nickel called the decision “very regrettable,” explaining that contractual obligations and missed opportunities left councillors no choice.
“We have to shut the doors, and that breaks my heart,” he said.
The rink lost its prime tenant, the Oilers, when the team moved to Rogers Place last year.
The city had toyed with the idea of turning the Coliseum into an amateur facility but found it’d be cheaper to tear it down and build something new.