Northlands Coliseum, the Birthplace of the Wave?


Up in Edmonton, meanwhile, where the local NHL squad already routinely packed its arena to the brim thanks to the on-ice exploits of a lanky teenager named Wayne Gretzky, things were different. So when Henderson took a gig working a handful of games at Northlands Coliseum during the 1980–81 season, he brought his new cheer with him, and saw, for the first time, the phenomenon’s true potential. "It was sold out," Henderson remembers of Northlands, "and when I did the Wave there, it looked spectacular."

In an article for The Walrus, Michael Hingston looks at the origin of the wave and it's connection to Rexall Place. As someone who is very anti-wave, I find this quite troubling.

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