BMO Centre Expansion
When construction is complete on the expansion, the BMO Centre will be Western Canada’s largest convention centre with over 1 million square feet, including more than 100,000 sq. ft. of new exhibition space, 38 new meeting rooms, two new ballrooms totalling 70,000 sq. ft., and gathering spaces throughout. The modernized facility will provide the opportunity to host large national and international events.
Located on Stampede Park, the expanded BMO Convention Centre is key component of the Rivers District Master Plan. It is an investment in Calgary’s envisioned Culture + Entertainment District, serving as an anchor to attract private investment and new local business to the area.
Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), a wholly owned subsidiary of The City of Calgary and steward of the Rivers District Master Plan, is serving as Development Manager for the BMO Centre expansion on behalf of the project partners: The City of Calgary and Calgary Stampede.
Benefits to Calgarians
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The expansion of the BMO Convention Centre is estimated at $500 million. It is funded through equal contributions from the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and The City of Calgary.
The BMO Centre has been Calgary’s premier venue for consumer and trade shows, special events, meetings and conferences since its opening in 1982. The venue has undergone two major expansions since its opening, in 2000 and again in 2009. It currently consists of 285,000 sq. ft. of rentable exhibition halls, meeting rooms and a ballroom.
- At completion, the max occupancy of the building, including the existing BMO Centre facilities, will be 33,000 people.
- The construction site of the expansion is currently tipping at 600 workers a day, working from 6:00 am to midnight, six days a week.
- As of June 2023, there are 32 confirmed bookings in the new expansion and booked out as far as 2032.
Arts Commons Transformation
Executed in two phases, ACT is the development of a new facility (the Road House), and the revitalization of the Resident House which is currently home to six resident companies. This will ensure Arts Commons remains a key contributor to our city’s social, economic, cultural and intellectual life and well-being.