The arena was named Northlands Coliseum when it opened in 1974 with a seating capacity of more than 15,000. Several renovations increased the number of seats to more than 17,000. Luxury suites were added during a renovation in 1994, and the number of seats was reduced. The name was changed to the Edmonton Coliseum in 1995 and to Skyreach Centre in 1998. The arena was given its current name in 2004 when Rexall bought the naming rights. Rexall Place is the National Hockey League's third oldest rink. It has been the site of Stanley Cup games, Canada Cup games and junior hockey world championship games. Athletes from all over the world came to Rexall Place in 1983 to participate in the World University Games.
Rexall Place was the country's first National Hockey League arena to have a centre-hung scoreboard that had an electronic message board. Fans can easily keep track of the score on the centre-hung scoreboard that is in the arena now. It has four video screens and eight message boards.
The arena has more than 16,000 seats and more than 60 luxury suites. Food concessions at the arena sell pizza, burgers, chicken and hot dogs. A prime rib buffet is available at the All Stars Lounge. There are several restaurants at Northlands Park. Arena amenities include ATMs, stores, a first aid room and a family washroom.
Sports fans can drive or take public transportation to Rexall Place. There are more than 1,000 parking spaces for pass holders and the public at the arena. Edmonton transit system buses and light rail trains stop at Rexall Place. Rexall Place is approximately 22 miles from Edmonton International Airport. Travelers can take an express bus from the airport to a light rail station and then take a train to the arena. People who want to spend the night in Edmonton after a game will find hotels and motels within three miles of Rexall Place. Those who want to stay in downtown Edmonton can take a light rail train from the arena to downtown.