Considered as one of three catalyst community-building projects for the Rivers District, the new Event Centre is a critical component to realizing the vision of Calgary’s Culture & Entertainment District. The $550 million project got the official go ahead from City of Calgary Council on July 30 and will see CMLC serve as the development manager of the facility. The Council-approved terms and conditions represent a tri-party agreement between The City of Calgary, Calgary Sport and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) and the Calgary Stampede for the development and construction of a new public sports and entertainment venue that will replace the aging Saddledome.
The agreement was shaped by 14 months of review, analysis, and consultation by the Event Centre Assessment Committee (ECAC). The committee members included The City of Calgary City Manager, President and CEO of CMLC, three members of City Council, in addition to six non-voting members from the Boards of CMLC and Calgary Economic Development and the City of Calgary CFO.
The Event Centre will be located at the envisioned ‘critical corner’ of Calgary’s Culture and Entertainment District. The site at 12th Avenue and 4th Street SE is two blocks south from the planned Green Line LRT station, the gateway into Stampede Park and two blocks west from the Elbow River creating a new front door into east Victoria Park.
In addition to the new event centre, plans for the area include a dynamic outdoor festival space and infrastructure enhancements to Stampede Park. Together, these facilities will provide public gathering places for major events, attract events and performers of global stature, and serve as the new home to the Calgary Flames, Hitmen and Roughnecks.
In CMLC’s role as development manager for the new facility, next steps will involve finalizing all associated agreements between the partners and coordination of broad public engagement including public consultation on design, programming, and integration into the Rivers District.