Ever expanding, always impressive
Every year, more than 1. 2 million people
descend on Calgary for the world-famous
Stampede. But Stampede Park, home to the
event, is more than showgrounds for rodeos
— it’s an exhibition space for trade shows,
a retreat for board meetings, and a multi-functional facility for conventions. Whatever
the focus, Stampede Park is a blank canvas
ready and waiting to host all kinds of meetings and events.
In July 2016, just in time for the 2016 Calgary Stampede, Stampede Park will debut
ENMAX Park, a $15-million project spanning
30 acres along the Elbow River. Besides offering a new public green space that will open
up the river-valley area to the general public,
the park will visually celebrate the area’s rich
Western heritage. For example, the park’s
open-air Cenovus Legacy Trail will guide
visitors on a walk through the area’s history,
with art installations and markers that tell the
history and heritage of the area.
ENMAX Park’s two large green spaces
will serve as gathering spaces as well as the
new home of Indian Village, which will open
across from the relocated Kids’ Midway and
Agricultural Discovery Zone. A future second
phase of the ENMAX Park development will
include a relocation of the Rotary House from
Stampede Park to the north side of the park’s
new green space.
The park, which previously has served as
an industrial and storage space for the Calgary Stampede, will serve as the new home
of five public art installations.
But ENMAX Park isn’t the only new Stampede space making headlines. Last year, the
Agrium Western Event Centre became the
area’s new home for year-round Western
events and agricultural education. One of the
largest projects in Stampede Park’s 102-year
history, the Agrium Western Event Centre is
a state-of-the-art facility whose 250-by- 125
-foot show floor comes with arena-style seat-
ing for 2,500, as well as VIP suites. And the
back-of-house and staging areas have been
tailored to the needs and safety of the animals.
An adjacent 20,000-square-foot exhibition
hall can operate as a show ring or be rented
for concurrent events.
For more information:
Calgary Stampede — (403) 261-0101;
Opening soon The Calgary Stampede is turning 30 acres along the Elbow River into a new
inner-city public park and gathering place, which will include the future home of Indian Village at
Calgary Stampede Park.
New addition The recent opening of the Agrium Western Event Centre is an important milestone
in the Calgary Stampede’s vision of becoming a world-class, year-round gathering place for
Western competitions, rodeos, agricultural exhibitions, and trade shows.