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Max Bell Centre Max Bell Centre Renovation & Upgrades

Originally built in 1974, Max Bell Centre will undergo necessary upgrades to modernize the facility and preserve a well-used community hub. Max Bell Centre is used for more than hockey; it serves as a venue to host festivals and events and provides an indoor walking track for Calgarians looking for an alternative place to exercise.


Renovations & upgrades to the facility included:

  • Replacement of the Ken Bracko (Max Bell #1) slab, dasher boards and board glass.
  • New arena safety netting.
  • Lifecycle replacement of electrical, mechanical, and elevator systems.
  • Replacement and upgrade of facility lighting to energy-efficient LEDs.
  • Redesign and modernization of the main entrance, lobby and concession areas to improve user experience and security.
  • Resurfacing of the walking track.
  • Addition of a new interactive play area and activity wall for families.
  • Accessibility improvements including barrier-free washrooms, a new elevator and accessible seating.
  • Lighting upgrades, improved access to potable water, electrical service for food trucks, structural aprons to support entertainment staging, and resurfacing of the parking lot.
  • Addition of windows between the two arenas to allow for greater spectator interaction.
  • Interior repainting.


The estimated cost of this project was $14 million. 


  • May 2021 - Construction began.
  • December 2021 - Construction was completed.


City arenas are an important part of sport and recreation in Calgary. Upgrades respond to user demand while improving the functionality, efficiency and accessibility of City-owned arenas.

The Max Bell site provides a valuable venue for outdoor festivals including Chasing Summer, Calgary Japanese Festival “Omatsuri”, and the Canada Day Block Party.Exterior upgrades to the site elevate the facility's appeal as a festival and event location.


Capital investment in this project will contributed almost $8.8 million to the GDP and generated 62 full-time equivalent jobs (based on Infrastructure Calgary’s economic impact assessment model).

The contractor adhered to The City’s Community Standards Bylaw, 5M2004 for hours of operation, material storage and construction best practices, including dust mitigation.

Arena upgrades


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