I'm sure we've all heard that the city has made some overtures to the Flames organization. And, that their response was tepid bordering on frigid. I suppose it counts as getting the ball rolling though. I wanted to highlight some interesting stats. According to ESPN, Calgary's average attendance was up year-over-year in 2017-18, from 18,727 the year prior to 18,905. That was also good enough to bump Calgary up the average attendance ranking from 10th to 8th. To quote Ken King, sounds like the Flames are somehow "making do" in one of the most engaged hockey markets in the world.
This would be the way to go. Calgary doesn't need 2 x 25,000 person capacity outdoor grandstands with a usage of ~10 days / year each, both in the inner city, both taking up dozens of acres of good real estate. If they made the stampede site compatible for outdoor concerts they would further improve it's usability/utilization and aligns well with the Stampede's whole thing of a year round entertainment destination.Well, if the Olympics are won and the infrastructure plan from last summer continues, it is pretty likely the Stampede Grandstand will end up as a nice CFL capable stadium. The Flames groups ends up with things close together. The university would retire McMahon and build a small 3-5k stadium and practice facility on campus, and a bunch of land would be freed up for a new TOD anchored by the field house and upgraded Foothills athletic park.
https://pub-calgary.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=13397We were discussing having a Stadium and Arena in Victoria Park, where it makes more sense to do so. The Grandstand would need major upgrades (it has ~25,000 capacity. McMahon has 46,000 and some CFL stadiums have 60,000. Not nearly large enough) but could definitely function quite well as a CFL stadium if planned out properly.
So new plan in today's hosting plan. https://www.calgary2026.ca/
No renovations to the Grandstand
McMahon Stadium – ‘Revitalizing’ renovations to accommodate 40,000 for opening and closing ceremonies, 25,000 permenant seats: 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; and, New operations centre. I think the CBEC report had a $40-50 million renovation plan that this sounds like. Can't find it now.
Community Sized Arena, new – 5,000-6,000 seat arena, used as secondary hockey venue, replacement for existing facilities with additional twin ice surface. I think this is an ideal bait and switch - secure public funds for this ($150-$200 million), then the Flames come to the table and say they will build the same thing—but bigger—for a contribution the same size.