Profile Last Updated: March 25, 2009
Calgary’s impressive Stampede Park is bordered on the west by MacLeod Trail, on the east by the Elbow River, on the north by 14 Avenue SE and by 25 Avenue SE in the south. The Park is easily accessible by the city’s Light Rail Transit system (otherwise known as the LRT) by both the Erlton-Stampede and Victoria Park-Stampede stations. During the first weeks of July the entire area teems with the sights and sounds of the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede, and throughout the rest of the year they host NHL hockey games, big-name music acts and countless trade shows and conventions. The park houses the following facilities:
Unmistakable for its distinct, saddle-like shape, the Pengrowth Saddledome is home of the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames, the Western Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen, and the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks. This facility can seat nearly 20,000, and its acoustics and riggings are capable of handling the demands of the productions of music superstars the likes of U2, Cher and Pink Floyd. Throughout the Stampede it is busy hosting Heavy Horse Shows, Mounted Shooters Competitions and Team Cattle Penning contests.
This newly-expanded and modernized complex is event central for Calgary. It has nearly 400,000 square feet of floor space, complete catering capabilities and state-of-the-art meeting facilities. During the Stampede it houses a massive trade show and popular casino.
Welcome to Calgary’s oldest arena, where the Flames began their Calgary career and good, old-fashioned Stampede Wrestling used to liven up the weekends. It plays host to the IAMS Superdog challenges during the Stampede.
This open-air facility hosts the Stampede’s chuckwagon races and grandstand show nightly, and the world-famous rodeo during the day. These two huge events attract more than a million viewers yearly.
Big 4 Building
Otherwise known as The Getaway, during the Stampede the Big Four is an escape from cowboy life into the hi-tech world of gaming and the seductive world of style. There are numerous events daily here, including Wii and Xbox tournaments and Mode Models fashion shows.
If it's agriculture related, you are bound to find it in the Agriculture Building, also known as the Agriculture Pavilion, located at the northeast end of the Stampede Grounds. At the west end of the Ag Building is the Victoria Pavilion, which is home to almost all the Stampede's show horses, cows, sheep and swine.
This is one big beer garden and where the party is on from noon until night during the Stampede. Taking the stage daily are several well-known live performers, and the dance floor is always stuffed with couples expertly two-stepping in their kickin’ cowboy boots.
Two free stages makes the price of admission more than worthwhile at the Stampede. Each evening the Coca-Cola Stage showcases the newest, hippest and hottest rock n’ roll bands, while the Enbridge Stage is busy hosting such acts as the award-winning Calgary Stampede Band and the jaw-dropping antics of the USA Break Dancers.
New for 2008 is Saddledome Lane, where daily events promise to include Heavy Horse Hitching, Stars of the Show Evergreen Theatre productions, a Kids Pedal Tractor Pull and Youth Talent Performers.
Tip: Parking is at a premium around the Grounds, so it is a good idea to leave your car at a nearby LRT station and take the train in.