BMO Centre expansion on track to open in 2024

The $500M expansion to the Calgary Stampede grounds is designed by Stantec, Populous and S2 Architecture.

The BMO Centre’s expansion has begun to take its dramatic shape, with one third of the project’s 9,000 metric tonnes of steel already rising high above the Midway.

On schedule and on budget for its opening in June 2024, the $500M expansion  is already garnering significant interest for groups vying to bring their events and conventions to the facility. The team at the Calgary Stampede is preparing to once again welcome the world when the convention centre opens.
“The sheer scale of the building and its dramatic addition will be clear to guests the minute they set foot onto Stampede Park,” says Joel Cowley, Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Stampede. “The expanded BMO Centre will showcase both the bright future of the Stampede as well as the welcoming western hospitality that sets the Stampede apart from other convention venues.”

Featuring over 1M sq. ft. of space in the heart of Calgary’s emerging Culture + Entertainment District (The C+E), when the expansion is complete, the BMO Centre will be Western Canada’s largest convention centre.

“We’re thrilled to see this big, important new landmark take shape. This is an extremely complex project, and we’ve worked tirelessly alongside our partners at the Calgary Stampede to deliver a world-class facility that’s right for Calgary, while carefully balancing the coordination of hundreds of events that take place on Stampede Park every year, and in close proximity to other major construction projects, like the 17 Ave SE Extension and Victoria Park/Stampede Station Rebuild. It is no doubt one of the one of the most active and robust construction areas in Calgary right now,” says  Kate Thompson, President and CEO of CMLC.The BMO Centre expansion is designed by architects from Stantec, Populous and S2 Architecture. PCL is leading construction on the project, which is now fully construction tendered.

Funded in partnership by all three levels of government, the massive BMO Centre expansion will be taller than both the Saddledome and GMC Stadium, when complete

A sprawling plaza – twice the size of Olympic Plaza – and grand staircase will welcome guests to the building from the south, creating even more opportunities for people to gather and celebrate.

Construction on the BMO Centre expansion, as well as construction on the neighbouring 17 Ave SE Extension and Victoria Park/Stampede LRT Station Rebuild project, will be paused during this year’s Calgary Stampede.