July 9, 2020

Winnipeg
20° C, Partly cloudy

Full Forecast

Close this

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

It's official: Calgary signs deal with Flames and Stampede for new arena

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 5/12/2019 (216 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The deal to build a new arena downtown is official after definitive agreements were signed between the city, the Calgary Flames organization and Calgary Stampede. Steam rises from buildings near the Saddledome in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

The deal to build a new arena downtown is official after definitive agreements were signed between the city, the Calgary Flames organization and Calgary Stampede. Steam rises from buildings near the Saddledome in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY - A deal to build a new arena in downtown Calgary is official after definitive agreements were signed between the city, the Calgary Flames hockey organization and the Calgary Stampede.

The announcement to replace the 36-year-old Scotiabank Saddledome was made on social media by Coun. Jeff Davison.

"It's certainly a historic day for the City of Calgary," Davison said Thursday. "We have, for the past two years, been working on putting together something transformational for the city."

In the agreement, the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, which owns the Flames, and the City of Calgary will equally split the cost of the $550-million facility. The 35-year deal also keeps the Flames in Calgary for that time.

The project is part of a revitalization plan for the downtown. The building will become the home of the Flames and will be part of a planned entertainment district bordering the Stampede grounds.

"We've never been out to try and develop a single-use hockey arena," said Davison.

"We have always said that this is beyond hockey. This is really about transforming Calgary's downtown to become the cultural and entertainment district that we always wanted it to be."

Construction on the 19,000-seat arena is expected to begin in 2021 just north of where the Saddledome currently sits.

The Saddledome, Davison said, will be demolished sometime between 2024 and 2025.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 5, 2019.

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

Your support has enabled us to provide free access to stories about COVID-19 because we believe everyone deserves trusted and critical information during the pandemic.

Our readership has contributed additional funding to give Free Press online subscriptions to those that can’t afford one in these extraordinary times — giving new readers the opportunity to see beyond the headlines and connect with other stories about their community.

To those who have made donations, thank you.

To those able to give and share our journalism with others, please Pay it Forward.

The Free Press has shared COVID-19 stories free of charge because we believe everyone deserves access to trusted and critical information during the pandemic.

While we stand by this decision, it has undoubtedly affected our bottom line.

After nearly 150 years of reporting on our city, we don’t want to stop any time soon. With your support, we’ll be able to forge ahead with our journalistic mission.

If you believe in an independent, transparent, and democratic press, please consider subscribing today.

We understand that some readers cannot afford a subscription during these difficult times and invite them to apply for a free digital subscription through our Pay it Forward program.

The Free Press will close this commenting platform at noon on July 14.

We want to thank those who have shared their views over the years as part of this reader engagement initiative.

In the coming weeks, the Free Press will announce new opportunities for readers to share their thoughts and to engage with our staff and each other.

You can comment on most stories on The Winnipeg Free Press website. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

By submitting your comment, you agree to abide by our Community Standards and Moderation Policy. These guidelines were revised effective February 27, 2019. Have a question about our comment forum? Check our frequently asked questions.

Advertisement

Advertise With Us