Benefit #2: Upgrading existing facilities and adding two much-needed indoor recreational facilities

Calgary will get financial help to refurbish, and improve accessibility to, eight original Olympic venues, all of which are heavily used by local citizens for recreation, amateur sports, and national and international competitions. These facilities, which are nearing the end of their lives, can be extended for another 30 years with the investment that would arise from the Olympics and Paralympics. Instead of upgrades being funded exclusively by the City, the costs will be shared with other orders of government. Upgrading existing investments makes financial sense.


It is like paying for a new roof on your house to extend its life another 30 years. Doing it in conjunction with the Olympics means others will help pay for it.

  

New Facilities

Calgary will get two new sports facilities for $403 million, both of which are on the city’s infrastructure “wish-list” and which are badly needed to serve the local population.

Multi-Sport Complex (Fieldhouse)

  • Calgary Recreation’s number one unfunded priority for many years
  • Primarily used after the Games as an indoor Fieldhouse including a 400m track, court and other sports (including soccer, basketball and volleyball) for recreation, amateur sports, university and high-performance sport use
  • Used during the Olympics for Figure Skating and Short Track Speed Skating and during the Paralympics for Wheelchair Curling

Community Arena Complex

  • New 5,000-6,000 seat community arena with two sheets of ice to replace existing City facilities that are nearing end of life (Calgary Corral, Father David Bauer Arena)
  • Used as second Hockey arena for the Olympic Games and as the main hockey venue for the Paralympics.

   

Upgraded Facilities

The bid will include $502 million to upgrade the following facilities, which will extend their useful life for another 30+ years.

McMahon Stadium

  • New entry plaza, ticketing and fan zone
  • New team zone and concourse patio
  • New and renovated washrooms
  • New permanent seats, food prep kitchen and concessions
  • New operations centre
  • The stadium can continue to be used regularly for professional and amateur sport

Olympic Oval

Revitalize the 31-year-old oval and its mechanical systems for university, community recreation and high-performance sport
Upgrades will permit continued use as a first-class venue for hosting local, Alberta, national and international events

  • BMO Centre, Big 4 Centre and Stampede Park
  • Sound and lighting improvements which will also benefit future events and conferences
  • Boyce Theatre improvements which will also benefit future events and conferences
  • General upgrades to Stampede Park—the heart of the Games
  • Renovations will improve the overall guest experience for future events serving millions of visitors a year

Scotiabank Saddledome

  • Enhanced accessibility of venue and improved spectator services
  • Extended life of ice plant
  • Structural and mechanical upgrades

WinSport Sliding Track

  • Improved course facilities for safety, athlete training and recreational use
  • Build upon sliding track renovation currently planned
  • Will enable improved hosting of local, Alberta, national and international competitions

WinSport Ski Hill

  • New or upgraded day lodge that extends use as a community facility
  • Improved courses, safety features and lighting
  • Upgrades will facilitate community recreation and sport development; and improved hosting of local, Alberta, national and international events

Nakiska

  • Course and safety improvements
  • Upgraded facilities for community recreation
  • Environmental investments
  • Upgrades will enable improved hosting for local, Alberta, national and international events

Canmore Nordic Centre

  • Upgraded training facilities for Canada’s national Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing teams
  • Improved community recreation use including para cross country for this heavily used facility
  • General upgrades and improvements will enable enhanced hosting for local, national and international competitions

   

   

Read about all of the key benefits

There are six key reasons we believe that hosting the Games will be good for Calgary and for Canada. Learn about all of them:

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