What the heck is a Fieldhouse?!
As Calgary is the only major city in Canada without a fieldhouse, it makes sense that Calgarians aren’t exactly sure what a fieldhouse is. (Edmonton has four, by the way!)
What is a fieldhouse?
A multisport fieldhouse is a building that houses an indoor track as well as facilities for a wide variety of both turf and court sports, such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, badminton and tennis to name just a few. It's a year-round recreation area for kids, families, and athletes.
The proposed indoor fieldhouse includes:
- An artificial turf infield for soccer (international-size pitch), football, ultimate frisbee
- A hard-court flooring to cover the turf to create a playing surface for sports such as basketball, volleyball, tennis (9 courts), and badminton (4 courts)
- An 8-lane 400m track
- Two infield areas that accommodate pole vault, long jump, shot put and discus areas
- Spectator seating – enough capacity for national and international events
- Change rooms with washrooms and lockers
And it’s the City of Calgary's number one unfunded infrastructure priority, on the City's needs list for over a decade.
A fieldhouse will be part of the Calgary 2026 legacy
It’s also one of the proposed new venues for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. During the Games it will host figure skating and short track speed skating, and during the Paralympics it will host wheelchair curling.
This investment makes good financial sense
At an estimated cost of $300 million on its own, the cost of the fieldhouse is the bulk of the City of Calgary's overall $390 million investment required to bring the Games to Calgary. Considering that this investment also unlocks $4 billion dollars of funding into our economy, it makes a lot of sense for Calgary.
The Calgary Multisport Fieldhouse Society (CMFS) has been working since 2008 to promote the building of a multisport fieldhouse in Calgary. They produced this video to explain the benefits:
Read more about the benefits of hosting the Games
There are six key reasons we believe that hosting the Games will be good for Calgary and for Canada. Learn about all of them: