The Calgary Flames have unveiled plans for a new hockey arena and events centre, as well as a football stadium with a roof, on property west of downtown.
Flames CEO, Ken King, introduced his plans to replace the 32-year-old Scotiabank Saddledome and 55-year-old McMahon Stadium.
The complex reportedly would cost CA$890m and would be paid from four sources – a CA$240m community revitalisation levy, a CA$250m ticket tax, CA$200m from the city to fund the 30,000-seat football stadium, and CA$200m from the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC), the Flames’ ownership group.
King told the Calgary Herald:
I’m so happy to share this vision. It’s going to be a little different than people think.
The development, which is being called ‘CalgaryNEXT‘, is proposed for the community of Sunalta, nearby the Bow River. It was officially introduced to Calgarians through a series of information sessions and a media conference conducted by the Calgary Sports & Entertainment Corporation (CSEC), while also launched worldwide via: www.CalgaryNEXT.com.
For more than a decade, CSEC has had a vision for Calgary – a place where all Calgarians can unite in active living, sports and entertainment – a centre for the community and destination for world class events.
CalgaryNEXT includes a Multisport Fieldhouse Stadium with state-of-the-art sports and world-class athletic training facilities. It will be the anchor for a thriving field sport community and combined with the arena event centre, will be the catalyst for new economic growth on the western edge of Calgary’s urban core. The Multisport Fieldhouse Stadium will have a seating capacity of 30,000 for football games and other events.
CalgaryNEXT also includes an innovatively designed arena event centre – a place that will host both professional and amateur ice and sporting events. It will also increase capacity for concerts and conferences. The event centre will be a community gathering place for sports and events, as well as unique public spaces and a variety of food and beverage options.
The arena event centre will have seating in the range of 19,000 – 20,000 fans for hockey and lacrosse games, cultural events, and community service.
CalgaryNEXT will be designed to host world-class national and international events that wouldn’t otherwise be in Calgary: Premier events, including soccer, track & field, cultural festivals and concerts; bringing significant economic benefits to the city.
CalgaryNEXT’s location near the Bow River will also be a catalyst that will draw residential and commercial development that will see a vibrant new community with shops, cafes and retail space. It will be the globally recognised centrepiece of a revitalized West Village. It will enable the completion of our urban core and transform how Calgarians live, work and play.
Images courtesy: Calgary Flames/CSEC