About 20,000 people showed up in downtown Edmonton Friday night as Keith Urban helped open the first major concert at Rogers Place.
Rogers Place officially opened its doors to the public last weekend, but the first of a series of live concerts at the arena started Friday night with country headliner Keith Urban.
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) September 16, 2016
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) September 17, 2016
While thousands of people flooded the area for Urban’s show, Edmontonians can come to expect this as a weekly, if not daily, occurance with a schedule full of NHL hockey and more concerts.
Overall feedback on the handling of vehicle and pedestrian traffic, as well as parking, during the Keith Urban show seemed positive with several people in the area praising Edmonton Police and the city’s new pedestrian maps for downtown Edmonton.
— Chris Buyze (@chrisbuyze) September 17, 2016
— Laurie McIntosh (@lauriesmcintosh) September 17, 2016
Dolly Parton is scheduled to perform Saturday night followed by Drake on September 20 and 21. The first official hockey game to be played downtown is on September 24 when the Edmonton Oil Kings take on the Red Deer Rebels. The first Edmonton Oiler game at Rogers Place is on September 26 when they take on the Calgary Flames in preseason play.