Calgary’s chance to host the 1988 Winter Olympics inspired the development of what was originally called the Olympic Saddledome. Designed by architect Graham McCourt, this $100 million building has undergone a series of name changes since its creation. It has been previously known as the Canadian Airlines Saddledome (1996-2000) and the Pengrowth Saddledome (2000-2010) before it took its current name, the Soctiabank Saddledome.
Besides hosting sporting events such as hockey, curling and figure skating, this venue has become a popular concert venue. The Scotiabank Saddledome’s concave roof creates the illusion of intimacy in the large space. Over 6,400 acoustics ceiling tiles eliminate reverberation and ensure high-quality sound. It has hosted top acts such as Alan Jackson, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Kid Rock and George Strait.
During the day, the Scotiabank Saddledome hosts agricultural events such as: the Heavy Horse Show, Working Cow Horse Classic, Team Cattle Penning, and World Stock Dog Championship. The Saddledome Plaza Entertainment Zone features the Kids’ Chuck Challenge and the Human Cannonball. Saddledome Lane showcases the Draft Horse Town and a Canadian Forces Display. In the evenings, the venue hosts musical events such as a marching band competition and performances by: NKOTBSB on Wednesday, July 13, Sugarland on Friday, July 15, Katy Perry on Saturday, July 16 and Kenny Chesney on Sunday, July 17, 2011.