04/30/2014 03:21 EDT | Updated 06/30/2014 05:59 EDT

Gretzky statue to be moved to downtown arena, mayor says

The Gretzky statue outside Rexall Place will be moved downtown once the new arena opens, Mayor Don Iveson said Wednesday.

Iveson said he supports the move.

"Citizens are really of two minds about this," he said. "I've heard from those who think it should be where he played and 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 they're going to create, ... will reside.

"One of the best ways to link to the heritage of the team and the glory days is to make sure that statue is part ot the new plaza downtown."

Officials with Northlands, the organization that runs Rexall Place, has said the statue should remain where Gretzky played and won four Stanley Cups.