The $500m expansion of BMO Centre in Calgary is progressing: The ground-breaking for the facility on Stampede Park has taken place on April 29, 2021. The preconstruction phases have rolled out smoothly over the past 24 months. The Calgary Stampede and Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) chose the design team in Spring 2019 and revealed the facility's design in June 2020, followed by construction of Hall F through the summer of last year. Crews have worked to prepare the site with extensive utilities upgrades and demolition work over the past year, readying the convention centre for its 560,000 square foot expansion.
"The BMO Centre expansion will provide state-of-the-art facilities for community engagement and economic benefit through job creation and tourism", says Steve McDonough, president and chairman of the Calgary Stampede. "The expansion will anchor Calgary on the international map as a leading convention host, attracting larger conventions and meetings to our province".
„The expansion will anchor Calgary on the international map as a leading convention host.“
Designed by leading firms Stantec/Populous/S2 Architecture, the building's design will transform the Calgary skyline. The new venue will be significantly larger than the existing BMO Centre, offering double the rentable space. When it opens in 2024, the BMO Centre will be the largest convention facility in western Canada, elevating Calgary into the top tier of the competitive international meetings and conventions market.