A modern event centre and improvements to the Rivers District is part of a total package that supports Calgary’s downtown recovery. It gives downtown momentum to be a place for great experiences and programs for all Calgarians and ages.
City Administration will begin formal discussions on definitive agreements with all parties, which is expected to be underway through spring and summer 2023. The project team is preparing to begin the design and development of the Event Centre, as well as the supporting infrastructure in the area.
The agreements include a number of improvements to the area that support Calgary’s Downtown Plan, The River’s District vision, and the future Culture and Entertainment District.
Project update – May 18, 2023
Since the agreement in principle was announced on April 25, we’ve received a number of questions on the agreement and The City’s role. It’s exciting to see how much Calgarians are interested in this important step in city building for Calgary’s Culture + Entertainment District and Calgary’s successful future.
First and foremost, there are two separate projects that make up this important step, each with a number of elements:
- Calgary Event Centre Block
- Culture + Entertainment District improvements (C+E District)
We’ve created a separate web page – Calgary.ca/ecagreement – that provides more details on each of these projects. Once the agreements are finalized, we will provide further details on the work and schedule moving forward.
It’s a significant investment and the next step in Calgary’s renewal as a global city and international destination. It’s also one piece of a total package that supports Calgary’s downtown recovery.
The C+E District will feature a suite of public amenities and public infrastructure, including a new community rink, improvements to public spaces and connections to The Rivers District, and commercial opportunities, all of which will be anchored by a new publicly-owned modern Event Centre and entertainment facility.
This generational investment will play a significant role in unlocking the potential of Calgary’s downtown and completing the Rivers District Master Plan. The results will be a vibrant area and entertainment destination for everyone who call Calgary home now, the next generation of Calgarians and those who visit Calgary in the future.
- Read the detailed Council cover report
- Read the formerly restricted recommendations
- Read the previous Council direction
We are committed to transparency, while respecting the four parties who are still negotiating the final agreements. We will always provide information publicly as soon as it’s avaialble throughout work on the agreements and after they are finalized later this summer.
New mobility connection
A new 4-lane underpass under the CP train tracks with wide sidewalks at 6th Street S.E., providing pedestrian, wheeling, and vehicle connections.
Shared facility for public booking and training facility for CSEC teams with seating for 1,000.
Outdoor and indoor gathering space
More opportunity for community events onsite and in The District.
New City-owned building, capable of accommodating “A-class” events and additional hosting space on a 10-acre parcel of land.
Street and public realm improvements
Improvements to 5 Street S.E and 15, 17 and 25 Avenues S.E.
Commercial development parcels that can accelerate development and growth in Calgary’s downtown core and The District.
Benefits to Calgarians
A modern event centre is part of a total package that supports Calgary’s downtown recovery
It complements and supports other projects and programs that are underway, completed, and upcoming, which together, grow and build a successful and vibrant downtown for the next 40 years and beyond:
This agreement is the culmination of more than 15 months of work, as well as the lessons learned from the first round of event centre negotiations.
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Committee and third party
Event Centre Committee
Event Centre Committee
On Oct. 25, 2022, as part of Council’s Organizational Meeting a new Event Centre Committee (ECC) membership was approved by Council. This Committee will continue the work already underway by the previous Committee’s members. The Event Centre Committee is comprised of five voting members:
Three Members of Council:
- Sonya Sharp; Councillor
- Andre Chabot; Councillor
- Terry Wong; Councillor
Two public members:
- Deborah Yedlin; President & CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce
- Brad Parry; President & CEO, Calgary Economic Development
The first ECC was held on April 4, 2022, at which time Councillor Sharp was confirmed as Chair and Deborah Yedlin as Vice Chair.
The City and the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation have agreed to begin formal discussions with a fresh start towards a new event centre. We are pleased to move forward with CSEC with a collaborative approach to identify mutual interests and beneficial opportunities.
This milestone could not have happened without the efforts of the third party, whose team included Guy Huntingford, John Fisher, and Phil Swift, along with The City’s Event Centre Team and CSEC.
We are grateful for the third-party’s efforts, which has fulfilled Council’s original direction and their mandate to determine if there is a path forward to a new Event Centre with CSEC.
Other capital projects
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.