CANA Awarded Contract to Build new Event Centre

October 12, 2023

We are excited to announce that CANA has signed the contract to build the new Calgary Event Centre. Together with Mortenson, an industry leader in sports facility construction whose resume includes Allegiant Stadium, Chase Center, Climate Pledge Arena and many others, we will be part an incredible team that will play a pivotal role in delivering a legacy anchor to the Culture + Entertainment District.

This project shows multiple orders of government and both the private and non-profit sector working together to benefit Calgarians and the Calgary region. It demonstrates a community effort with a considerable investment to build what will be the heart of Calgary’s Culture + Entertainment District.

CANA’s history with the Saddledome goes back to its original construction in 1983, when we were chosen to build this complex, one-of-a-kind signature facility to replace the Stampede Corral as the home of the Calgary Flames, and to host ice hockey and figure skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

During the summer of 1995, we completed extensive renovations to the Saddledome that saw the dismantling and rebuilding of the structural bowl including 48 rows of seats, 26 new concessions, a new scoreboard, and a completely new mezzanine to host suites and a club restaurant, all which was completed between hockey seasons.

In late June 2013, following the historic flood of the century, the CANA team was called upon once again to restore the Saddledome in time for the September hockey season. It was an incredible feat — CANA’s team with 1,900 individual workers worked for 69 straight days to have the Saddledome up and running. It was an incredible accomplishment by the construction community that many thought would have been impossible to achieve, let alone take on.

We are extremely proud to once again build a generational project that is more than an Event Centre. It will also include community amenities, public plazas and be a gathering space for all Calgarians to celebrate. The project will generate thousands of jobs and significant opportunities for the construction industry and create economic growth for the city. The new modern Event Centre will forge a new iconic era in Calgary that will ultimately replace the Saddledome that has been a staple of this great city for many decades.

To learn more about this announcement, see the City of Calgary press release here and the City project page here.