As finishing touches are being made to the Rogers Place, staff are developing a plan to gets fans into the arena as efficiently as possible.
Oilers Entertainment Group VP of operations Stu Ballantyne says there will be several test events to fine tune the plane prior to next month’s grand opening.
“It works for everybody if everybody follows the plan and that’s part of our analysis and our research in the first few months with the test events and the first few events at Rogers Place to make sure that if we do have to make adjustments we’ll look into that,” said Ballantyne.
Ballantyne thinks most people will use the winter garden main entrance, now called Ford Hall, at 103 Street and 103 Avenue.
“It’s quite wide. It’s nine metres wide, you know, a few hundred feet long. And so, part of that is how we manage the intersection between traffic and vehicles with a three way traffic program. For us, it’s highly important to monitor that as well so we don’t get congestion.
The arena will be more than capable of handling buses, taxis, and pedestrians, but Ballantyne says the best way to travel to the arena for big events is probably public transit.
Rogers Place is scheduled to open to the public on September 10th. (djs)