Calgary Planning Commission approves the development permit for new Event Centre.
In November 2021, The Calgary Planning Commission approved the development permit for the new Event Centre. The proposed development aligns with the applicable goals and policies of the Municipal Development Plan and the Rivers District Master Plan.
The Event Centre will solidify Calgary’s place as a major destination for visitors from around the world. The Event Centre will be a year-round destination for all Calgarians as a cornerstone of Calgary’s Culture + Entertainment district.
While the Saddledome has been loved by many since the 1988 Olympics, aging infrastructure, old technology, and accessibility issues have made it more difficult to attract large events. The Event Centre will be able to accommodate tours by world-leading performing artists, events and festivals.
The Event Centre will promote and attract private investment, jobs and economic growth. The Event Centre will be located at 12 Avenue and 4 Street S.E. as the gateway into Stampede Park and the new front door of the Culture + Entertainment District.
An affiliate of Calgary Sport and Entertainment Corporation, will transition to the role of development manager for the Event Centre project. The City maintains a level of oversight to ensure adherence to project principles and framework throughout the project, and that public interests are maintained.
Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) remains the stewards for the delivery of the Rivers District Master Plan for Calgary’s Culture + Entertainment District and projects already underway including the BMO Centre Expansion, 17th Ave Extension and Stampede Station rebuild and Stampede Trail festival street.
Benefits to Calgarians
Download the Ernst & Young Economic Impact Assessment.
The Event Centre is one of several infrastructure projects to which The City has made a significant city-building and financial commitment. The work these teams have been entrusted to do will contribute significantly to the Culture & Entertainment District and have a lasting impact on our city.
- STUART DALGLEISH
General Manager, Planning and Development,
City of Calgary and Event Centre Steering Committee memberl
In December 2019, The City and Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (and affiliates) entered into a series of agreements. In July 28, 2021 Council approved various amendments to these agreements which brought the total project cost estimate to $608.5 million.
Other projects that will benefit the area include the BMO Centre expansion and the 17th Avenue extension and Victoria Park/Stampede Station redesign.
The Event Centre will be located in east Victoria Park – one of Calgary's oldest residential communities. Established as the East Ward in 1880, the Agricultural Society of Calgary named the community "Victoria Park" in 1889 after Queen Victoria.
In 1997, a group of local business owners formed the Victoria Park Business Improvement Area in an effort to encourage development and revitalize the community. This helped steer the neighbourhood towards a new period of growth and development. Today, Victoria Park is one of the city's most vibrant and thriving urban neighbourhoods.
The Event Centre will replace the Saddledome that was constructed for the 1988 Olympics. It will reinvigorate interest in the Culture + Entertainment District and the surrounding area which could provide a significant opportunity for private sector investment in the area and the development of under-used lands.
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.