Daryl Katz purchased the Edmonton Oilers in 2008, and brought with him the vision of what a downtown arena district could do to revitalize his hometown. With the arena deal in place between the Katz Group and City of Edmonton, the then-called Edmonton Arena District (EAD) began to take shape as office towers, condos, a public plaza, hotel and plethora of entertainment options were announced. Rogers Place opened in 2016, heralding a new era of activity and excitement in Edmonton’s downtown. In 2017 Edmonton Tower opened its doors. In 2019 Stantec Tower and the JW Marriott Hotel opened, connecting ICE District to the rest of downtown via Edmontonton’s expansive indoor pedway system, and later that year the concrete was poured on the ICE plaza skating rink. In 2020 the Legends Residences and Sky Residences opened, and construction commenced on Block B-G on the west side of ICE Plaza – which will anchored by a Loblaws CityMarket grocery store and feature a host of dining establishments and other exciting retail.
As envisioned over a decade ago, ICE District is truly becoming a beacon for residents, capital investment, business and tourists by offering a place where people can live, work, stay and play all in the heart of our city.