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August 1 to October 8. See NHL Game Schedule.

 

Edmonton is proud and excited to be an NHL hub city for the 2020 playoffs. 

Throughout the playoffs, safety will continue to be our city’s first priority. The City of Edmonton is working extensively with our partners, including OEG, Explore Edmonton, Alberta Health Services to create an environment that is safe for the public and our NHL guests. 

Edmontonians are encouraged to watch and celebrate the playoffs while observing COVID-19 public health orders for physical distancing and mass gatherings.

The hockey world is watching. Let’s show them the best of Edmonton and who we are! 

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Road Closures

Pedestrian Access

Controlled pedestrian crossings are available:

  • on the south 103 Avenue sidewalk at 102 Street
  • at the crosswalk at 102 Street and Plaza Way
  • on the northwest corner of 103 Avenue at 101 Street
101 Street Closure

101 Street, from 102A Avenue to 103 Avenue will be closed nightly from 9pm to 5am. Travel delays may occur during daytime hours, as 101 Street will be reduced to 1 lane in each direction. Detour using 100 Street or 105 Street. 

The east sidewalk along this route will remain closed.

103 Avenue Closure

Fencing has been installed across 103 Avenue, on the east side of 102 Street, with no access to vehicles. 

102 Street Closure

102 Street, from 104 Avenue to 105 Avenue is closed. Access to the Edmonton Tower is available via 104 Avenue eastbound.

Parkade Access
  • The Ice District Central Parkade and City Centre north and west parkade entrances are accessible from 103 Avenue travelling eastbound.
  • The City Centre east parkade entrance is closed until further notice.
  • The Bell Tower parkade is accessible from 102A Avenue westbound.
For up-to-date information on road closures and detour routes, visit edmonton.ca/trafficdisruptions.
Sidewalk Closure Map

Sidewalk closure map

See larger map.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find information on the NHL and what is happening in Edmonton?

For information about the playoffs, visit nhl.com.

For information about the Edmonton Oilers, visit nhl.com/oilers

Where will the games be played in Edmonton?

All games will be played at Rogers Place.

Will the public be able to watch the games live?

No, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all games will be closed to the public. Instead, playoff games will be broadcast on television (Sportsnet and NBC).

What is the NHL “bubble” I have been hearing about recently?

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, every caution has been taken to ensure public safety during the playoffs. The “bubble” is a secure zone that has been put in place to ensure the safe movement of NHL players and personnel between the hotels where the players and staff are staying, Rogers Place and training venues. This includes a secure corridor moving between a number of hotels and Rogers Place which may include / require use of City streets and sidewalks and potentially downtown pedways. 

Why has metal fencing gone up around a part of Rogers Place? Is this part of the hub city preparations?

The west sidewalk and roadway on 102 Street, from 103 Avenue to 104 Avenue(south of the JW Marriott entrance) will be closed during the NHL playoffs.

Will the City provide practice spaces for the teams to use? If so, where?

The City will be providing 4 sheets of ice at the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre, and the sheet at the Downtown Community Arena for team training. 

All team practices in the arena will be closed to the public. We ask that the public not come to the arena with hopes of seeing players.

How will this affect public access to the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre?

The NHL’s use of Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre will be limited to the arena side only.

Public access to the fitness centres and gymnasium will not be impacted. Pre-reservation is still required for the fitness centre at Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre. 

Can the public watch the teams practice?

All team practices in the arena will be closed to the public. We ask that the public not come to the arena with hopes of seeing players.

Will the City lose the revenue by allowing the NHL to use these practice spaces?

No. The NHL is renting the facility and paying all costs associated with the use of these facilities.

How many people are we expecting to arrive in Edmonton with the NHL?

Teams (12 teams with up to 52 personnel each): 624 NHL team members

NHL League staff and officials: 180+ 

Additional staff and broadcast crews: 180+

Will there be opportunities for the public to interact with players?

Games and team practices will be closed to the public. There are no planned opportunities for fans to engage with the players or NHL personnel.

What support is the City providing, financial or otherwise?

The City is not providing any financial support to the NHL hub city or playoff activations in Edmonton. The NHL is responsible for all costs associated with use of City spaces. All civic services required to implement the NHL “bubble” will be charged back to the NHL. A number of City employees will be providing planning advice and guidance to the event organizers as part of their regular duties and responsibilities. This time will not be charged back to the NHL and is considered value-in-kind.

Edmonton is going to be shown on national and international television during the playoffs. What is being done to spruce up the city? How much will this cost?

The City is using the flower planters done for the ITU Grand Final to beautify the routes from the Edmonton International Airport, and from Terwillegar to downtown. No additional money is being spent on beautification. Downtown street sweeping and litter pickup will be done on a nightly basis.

Are City golf courses being included in the NHL bubble so players can use them between games?

At this time, none of the City’s golf courses are included in the NHL bubble.  

For More Information

Civic Events

Telephone

780-944-7740

Email civic.events@edmonton.ca

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