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Victoria Park Event Centre

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Event Centre in east Victoria Park

The City of Calgary, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) and Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Ltd.  (Stampede) have agreed to fundamental terms and conditions for the development and construction of a new Event Centre in east Victoria Park. 

The event centre will include an arena with up to 19,000 seats and may include a second smaller arena. It will also include commercial and retail spaces.

Rejuvenated Stampede Trail rendering, bustling with people, Victoria Park events centre in the background

Artist's conceptual rendering of rejuvenated Stampede Trail

The concept

The Event Centre and surrounding festival street will be a year-round, permanent gathering place for all Calgarians to enjoy affordable programming and activities like concerts, assemblies, festivals and amateur and professional sporting events.

The Event Centre will replace the Saddledome, the current home of the Calgary Flames, which was built for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. It has served Calgary well but is aging.

The Event Centre will accelerate redevelopment in the Rivers District and will be a cornerstone in The City’s Culture and Entertainment District. This will provide a significant opportunity for private sector investment into the district and the development of under-used lands. It also helps support The City’s Downtown Strategy to further Calgary’s economic recovery and resilience.


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How much will a new Event Centre cost?

The City of Calgary and Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) will each invest up to $275 Million to construct a new Event Centre.

Where will the Event Centre be located?

The site is located immediately north of Stampede Park on a two-block site bounded by 12 Avenue SE, 5 Street SE, 14 Avenue SE, and Olympic Way SE. The approximate 2.9-hectare site is currently owned by the Stampede and used for parking and roadway. 

Event Centre location in Victoria Park

Map of the Event Centre location


How does this benefit Calgarians?

  • Public and private dollars are being invested in a facility that will be owned by The City and provide a return on investment.
  • The Event Centre will offer indoor space for concerts, entertainment, large assemblies and sporting activities. It will also act as an anchor for a vibrant festival street that can host a variety of festivals and community events.
  • The Event Centre is a catalyst for attracting private sector investment into the district and the development of under-used lands. 
  • It's a key pillar for putting Calgary back on a path for future growth and prosperity and will provide significant direct and indirect benefits to Calgarians.​
  • Community and social benefits include increased civic pride, community excitement, sense of belonging and visibility as a world-class city.

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The Event Centre Assessment Committee was created in June 2018. In October 2018, Council approved that the Committee, on behalf of The City, re-engage in partnership conversations with Calgary Sport and Entertainment Corporation regarding a new Event Centre, based on a set of guiding principles​, including that public money must be used for public benefit.

For more information on the Event Centre and the Culture and Entertainment District concept, see:

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​May 28, 2018 ​The Event Centre Assessment Committee was established, with Councillor Jeff Davison as Chair, and Councillor Ward Sutherland as Vice-Chair.  Councillor Shane Keating joined as an additional member.
​June 25, 2018 ​The Terms of Reference for the Event Centre Assessment Committee were adopted. These terms include the mandate, composition and governance of the Committee.
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The Event Centre Assessment Committee adopted the following principles to be included in the Terms of Reference. They are:

  1. The Event Centre should be a gathering place for all Calgarians that includes, but not be limited to: concerts, assemblies, festivals, professional and amateur sports, linked to an outdoor gathering space.
  2. Public funds must be used for public benefit, including but not limited to improving access and availability for individuals and groups, while also providing economic benefits for the Calgary economy.
  3. The Event Centre must be a catalyst to attract further vibrancy and investment as an anchor for further development in a mixed-use neighbourhood.
  4. The Event Centre must be viable and sustainable as its own entity while contributing as part of a comprehensive master plan vision that supports The City of Calgary’s planning objectives and enhances our communities’ brand and reputation.
  5. It is understood that a proposed Event Centre could be a partnership between The City of Calgary and external parties.
  6. Although negotiations will be kept private, there will be engagement with the public throughout the process whenever possible to ensure transparency.
  7. In the event that a funding agreement for an Event Centre is reached between The City of Calgary and external groups, it must be made public and presented to Council for final decision.

The Committee also received an update from Calgary Municipal Land Corporation on public engagement related to Victoria Park.

October 5, 2018 ​The Committee received a report from the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) that detailed the vision for the Cultural and Entertainment District, with renderings of a proposed Event Centre.
​October 9, 2018 ​Council directed the Event Centre Assessment Committee, on behalf of the City, to re-engage in partnership conversations with Calgary Sport and Entertainment Corporation regarding a new Event Centre within the culture and entertainment district.
​December 14, 2018 ​Committee heard from Ernst & Young, who spoke about the methodology of an Economic Impact Assessment on the Rivers District revitalization, which include the Event Centre, Bmo Expansion, and Arts Commons renovations.
​December 18, 2018 ​Funding was announced by the Government of Alberta with the City of Calgary on December 18, 2018.​
​January 25, 2019 ​Ernst & Young presented the Economic Impact Assessment Study on the Rivers District Revitalization to Committee.  They found that “Having gathered the appropriate data for the three proposed projects, the quantitative modelling results project a positive economic impact, both during construction and in ongoing operations.” ​ Full report
​January 28, 2019 ​Council adopted a Workplan for a potential Event Centre. ​Full plan
​July 29, 2019 City Council votes on whether to ratify the agreements.​
July 22 to July 28, 2019​ 7-day public comment period.
​July 22, 2019
  • The City of Calgary and Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) agree to fundamental terms and conditions for the development and construction of a new Event Centre in East Victoria Park.
  • The City and the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede (CES) agree to fundamental terms and conditions for a land exchange to support construction of the Event Centre and demolition of the Saddledome.
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On July 30, 2019 Council received into its Corporate Record almost 5,200 submissions received from the public regarding the Event Centre. The City of Calgary has reviewed the submissions and posted all comments received from the public. The posted submissions were received by the City Clerk’s Office between July 22, 2019 at 7:13 p.m. to July 29, 2019 at 1:51 p.m. All comments received have had personal information removed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.​​


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