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Calgary Stampede, The

Stampede park development

Stampede Park is located southeast of downtown Calgary in the original location first acquired as exhibition grounds in 1889.

The park includes a number of permanent entertainment spaces such as the Saddledome and the Stampede Corral, the BMO Centre – a venue for conventions and special events – the Agriculture Building, the Big Four Building and the Grandstand.

In the 1950s and 1960s, as the success of the Calgary Stampede grew, the Stampede fairgrounds began to expand. Venues such as the Corral and the Big Four Building were completed and another 15 acres along the Elbow River were added. In the decades following, more venues were added to support the growing roster of activities and events. Indian Village was relocated south of the Elbow River and a new Grandstand and racetrack complex were completed in 1974.

The Saddledome was built in 1983 and in 1988, it was one of the venues to host that year’s Winter Olympic Games, the largest event to hit Calgary at that time.

In the past 20 years, more than $100 million has gone into the development and expansion of Stampede Park, which now extends north into the former residential neighbourhood of Victoria Park. Highlights include the construction of the Stampede Casino in 2008 and an expansion to the BMO Centre, formerly the Roundup Centre, in 2009.

The Stampede also initiated a number of programs focused on reducing the festival’s environmental impact and creating educational programs for young Calgarians.

Today, the Stampede is revitalizing its historic role as a year-round gathering place for the community through three major new developments including a Youth Campus, Riverfront Park and an Agricultural Discovery Zone.


This piece focuses on recent and future developments of Stampede Park infrastructure. It contains an animated slideshow depicting maps and artists renderings of future site development. It also contains two videos containing virtual reality tours; one through the planned Calgary Stampede River Park development and the other through the planned Youth Campus.


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