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Oct 16, 2020 • • 4 minute read
Can’t or won’t go to Rogers Place to see an Oilers game live should the opportunity arise during these pandemic times? Well, one local builder has the next best hockey thing.
Coventry Homes has unveiled its latest Edmonton Oilers fan cave, and while the Oilers aren’t playing now this would be the place to be when they get back on the ice.
Their new Nysa show home in Cy Becker in northeast Edmonton — an eye-catcher in its own right with an open to above main floor, a stunning white kitchen with sleek flat panel cabinetry (no handles), and a main-floor arts and crafts space sectioned off by a strikingly modern barn door — would rate as a first-star selection on most game nights.
But head downstairs into the finished basement and this latest fan cave — No. 6 for Coventry, the preferred builder of the Edmonton Oilers — might nudge the rest of the house from its top spot.
Starting with the seating, you almost feel like you’re in an arena and not a basement in a home. These are Oilers stadium seats — nine of them in navy blue, and divided over two tiered levels — framed by an oversized black and white mural of Oiler fans in full cheer mode. Once you’re in your game-day seat, you look straight on to a large-screen television mounted in a facsimile of a centre-ice clock/scoreboard.
Adjacent to the stadium seating is a bar area and banquette seating, with another large-screen television, this one centred in-between a pair of goal lights. Add in red brick walls, symbolizing the copper in the Oilers copper and blue colour scheme, and this room takes on both an arena and pub feel.
There’s a separate lounge space for more relaxed game viewing, with yet another television, and a bathroom done up in, of course, Oilers colours, which includes an Oilers’ themed shower curtain somewhat reminiscent of a team jersey.
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“This fan cave is an homage to the ‘80s Oilers,” said Robin Nasserdeen, director of sales for Coventry Homes. “This year, more than ever, a lot of people are feeling confined in their homes. But this fan cave gives you that mental break. It has that wow factor. It’s a step away from the day-to-day but you’re still in the comfort of your own home.”
Coventry only builds fan caves in its new homes, offering this lifestyle package option to interested buyers.
Home Ice Advantage
It’s one thing to visit a Coventry Oilers’ fan cave but what’s it like to actually live in one?
“It’s funny, we’ve been going for long walks all around our neighbourhood and when people find out we’re in this house, they go, ‘I went through your house,’ ” said Dan Bagan, who with his wife Wendy recently purchased the fan cave show home in Uplands at Riverview. “We’ve had more people go through our house since it’s been a show home than we’ll ever have in our lifetime!”
This was the third Oilers fan cave Coventry has created.
“We were specifically looking for a show home or at least something comparable that we really felt we could fall in love with,” said Dan. But when they first were pitched the possibility of buying a home with a fan cave, the couple thought that it was a stretch even though Dan is an Oilers fan dating back to the team’s glory days.
They moved from a ranch north of St. Albert, feeling it was time to come back to the city. Particularly taken with Coventry’s houses and with this expected to be their last major home purchase, they wanted it to be really special.
Wendy, who was surprised she initially didn’t hate the fan cave, went to loving it within a week. For Dan, who fell in love with the house even before they saw the finished basement fan cave, he said he heard the “Oilers’ angels sing” when he first saw it.
“My greatest desire and my greatest dream is, because I have this big mural with Wayne Gretzky, is if Wayne could stop by some time if he’s ever in town and sign this mural,” said Dan. “I could then just to go heaven and say, ‘Father, I’m here because I have Wayne Gretzky’s autograph on my wall.’”
Check It Out
The newest Oiler fan cave is open for viewing at 17143 46th St., with COVID-19 viewing protocols in place.
The community, named after Albertan bush pilot Cy Becker, is a master-planned development from Qualico Communities that is proving popular with buyers, said Nasserdeen.
“What people really like about Cy Becker is that it has become a community,” he said. “They like the parks, the spray parks, the green spaces, the close proximity to the Anthony Henday, and the amenities, the schools, and the nearby shopping areas.”