Edmonton has already held services for Rexall Place. The farewell has already been held. The goodbyes have all been said. The city has clearly moved on to the dazzling new building, the glorious new Ice District and development of a brilliant new downtown.

What happened Wednesday with city council voting to take the old Coliseum back from Edmonton Northlands and close its doors on Jan. 1, was simply setting the date to take it off life support.

Soon it will be gone. The memories will live on. One day it’ll be a location like where the Dodgers used to play in Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, where the Canadiens used to play in the Forum in Montreal or where the Celtics used to perform at the Boston Garden.

Life goes on. And that’s where the focus should be now believes Oilers Entertainment Group Vice Chairman and CEO Bob Nicholson.

Nicholson believes there is a magnificent opportunity ahead for Edmonton to seize the moment and create an actual campus of sport on what is being referred to as the Northlands campus. The former head of Hockey Canada says OEG very much wants to become a partner in it.

“I think it should be in the Oilers DNA …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal – Sports

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