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05/01/2014 02:24 EDT | Updated 05/01/2014 02:59 EDT

Wayne Gretzky Statue Moving To New Oilers Arena

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EDMONTON, CANADA - FEBRUARY 23: A view of the Wayne Gretzky statue outside of Rexall Place seen before an NHL game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Phoenix Coyotes on February 23, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

They're going to need one big moving truck for the Great One.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson tweeted earlier this week that a massive bronze statue of Wayne Gretzky hoisting the Stanley Cup will be moved to the Oilers' new arena when construction is finished.

The statue was erected outside the box office at the NHL hockey team's current home, Rexall Place, in 1989 after Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.

It's a popular spot for pictures by fans visiting the old rink, but the decision to move the Great One's statue is a polarizing one.

"Citizens are really of two minds about this," Iveson told the Edmonton Sun. "I've heard from those who think that it should be where he played, that that's hallowed ground. I understand that point of view.".

"But most other people I've heard from think it should be where the team is because that's where the active spirit of the Oilers and the new future that they're going to create in a new building will reside," he continued.

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Back in 2012, when a possible move was first discussed, Gretzky himself chose not to pick a side.

“I’m truly honoured that the City of Edmonton chose to erect a statue in my honour, and I certainly respect their decision on whether or not to move it. I’m behind whatever decision they make 100 per cent," he said at the time.

Work on the new downtown arena began earlier this year and is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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