BMO Centre at Stampede Park Celebrates Grand Opening of Expansion

The BMO Centre at Stampede Park in Calgary celebrated the official grand opening of its expansion on June 5, 2024.

BMO Hero. Image courtesy of CMLC

On June 5, 2024, Calgary’s BMO Centre at Stampede Park celebrated the grand opening of its 565,000 sq. ft. expansion, designed by Stantec, Populous and S2 Architecture.

Following decades of planning and four years of construction, the over 1 million sq.ft. Tier 1 convention facility opened its doors for the first time.

BMO Canopy. Image courtesy of CMLC

The expansion’s first major event, the Global Energy Show, is already loading into the expansion’s exhibition halls in preparation for their event on June 11, and to date, there are another 500 conventions and events booked into the expansion post-opening.

This also translates to filling restaurants, shops, rideshares and other attractions. The economic impact to Calgary will equate to approximately upwards of $100 million a year and provide thousands of jobs.

BMO The Exchange. Image courtesy of CMLC

“In recent years, we’ve been seeing Canada and the world choose Alberta more and more as the place to live, work, invest, and raise a family. The new BMO Centre is going to help keep that trend going by bringing more business and industry events to the heart of Calgary where they’ll experience so many things that make this city great,” said Danielle Smith, Premier of Alberta.

“This project is a testament to what we can accomplish when every level of government comes together. With its first major event just around the corner, I’m excited to see how the BMO Centre – now Western Canada’s largest convention centre – shows the world all the reasons Calgary is the prime destination to host their events.”

BMO The Exchange Bar. Image courtesy of CMLC

“When we began design with our partners in 2019, we asked ourselves how we could design a facility that pushes the boundaries of convention centre design and experience, and every decision we made from that point on was with that goal in mind,” said Kate Thompson, president and CEO of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, Development Manager for the project.

“CMLC is incredibly proud to have delivered this project on time and on budget, and to have delivered on the world-class promise we and our partners set out to achieve. With the completion of this catalyst project, we have set the tone for the coming years of development in The Culture + Entertainment District, and we are looking eagerly ahead to building on this momentum as we continue to transform this district together.”

BMO Meeting Rooms. Image courtesy of CMLC

The Calgary Stampede and BMO have renewed their partnership for another 10 years, through until the end of 2033, after over 124 years of working together. As a part of this agreement, BMO has extended the naming rights of the BMO Centre to the BMO Centre expansion.

BMO has been a long-time supporter of the Calgary Stampede. In 1899 BMO became the official bank of the Calgary Exhibition, predecessor to the Stampede, and has been an official sponsor since 1914.

BMO Champions Ballroom. Image courtesy of CMLC