Proposed design of Edmonton arena futuristic steel and glass boomerang

EDMONTON – Images of a proposed arena for downtown Edmonton feature a futuristic building of steel and glass shaped like a lop-sided boomerang.

The arena is expected to cost $450 million and would be the new home for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.

A newly released design shows the ice rink would get lots of daylight because of glass-sided walls.

A tall pedway would take people down to a new public square.

The city says the pictures are part of preliminary design work that provides a starting point for evaluating other options.

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City council voted in October to sign a cost-shared deal with Oilers owner Daryl Katz for the new arena, although the project is still $100 million short.

Both Katz and the city have been asking for that money from Ottawa or the province. Both government have already said publicly that they will not use tax dollars to fund private enterprises.