Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

November 01 2012

Calgary Stampede

By Jennifer N. Dienst, Contributing Editor

Celebrating 100 years of genuine Western hospitality.

Poised between the picturesque Canadian Rocky Mountains and the rolling Alberta prairies, Calgary offers a wide panorama of attractions and experiences, all with a distinctive touch of Western hospitality. Visitors from around the world come to Calgary to enjoy world-class dining, shopping, parks, museums, theater performances, as well as nearby Banff National Park - located just a day trip away.

Visitors also descend on Calgary for the world-famous Calgary Stampede, known as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” for its 10 packed days of rodeos, concerts, parades, equestrian events, and celebration of all things Western. But during the rest of the year, the park’s more than 500,000 square feet of space makes it the largest convention and meeting venue in downtown Calgary. This unique complex of flexible indoor and outdoor space includes state-of-the-art meeting rooms, fully equipped exhibition halls, an intimate 500-seat theater, the 17,000-seat Grandstand, the Stampede Corral Arena, and Rotary House - a rustic log cabin.

The largest facility, BMO Centre (formerly known as the Roundup Centre), is one of the busiest of its kind in North America, hosting about 700,000 attendees annually. With five exhibit halls totaling 250,000 square feet, the venue exudes both an authentic Western ambiance and a cosmopolitan feel that are representative of Calgary today. Put it all together, and BMO Centre is flexible enough to accommodate the largest of trade shows or an intimate boardroom meeting. For additional space, the Stampede Corral Arena has a 17,000-square-foot arena floor suitable for everything from rodeos to concerts, all directly connected to BMO Centre.

In 2014, the Calgary Stampede Park will grow even larger with the addition of the Agrium Western Event Centre. The 150,000-square-foot project will be the largest in the park’s history and will triple the amount of space available for agricultural events. The center’s striking art installations, competition arena, exhibit hall, multipurpose space, and 31,250-square-foot arena floor will be flexible enough to host everything from equestrian events to training seminars.

For more information: Calgary Stampede - 403.261.0531; sales@calgarystampede.com; calgarystampede.com

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