Monday, June 23, 2014

Welcome to the Agrium Western Event Centre!

Almost two years ago EVFreePress published its first post regarding the Stampede Park Expansion Plan which includes:

  • Stampede River Park, on the east side of the Elbow River; home to the new Indian Village and an open-air museum commemorating western heritage.
  • Youth Campus, replacing Victoria hall on the west side of the Elbow River; an educational and performing-arts facility for youth to develop talents. Centre will emphasize the importance of western cultural roots.
  • Stampede Trail, renaming of Olympic Way; the area between the Stampede Grounds and 12th avenue SE will be turned into a culinary, retail and office gathering space.
  • Streetfront retail area, a hotel and an exhibit space which will replace the Big Four Building; the reconstruction of that area will also include a pedestrian link between 17th ave and East Village.
  • Agrium Western Event Centre - the new home for agriculture and western events.
Today we are celebrating the new Agrium Western Event Centre! The grand opening occurred on Saturday June 21st, 2014 and included a BBQ, some white hats a verity of shows like Ribbon Cutting; Lord Strathcona Mounted Troop; Calgary Stampede Showriders; Arabian Horse Demonstration; Mini Chuckwagon Races and more...

Here are a few reasons why the completion of the Agrium building is such a milestone:
It's the Calgary Stampede's biggest construction project to-date; it is the only building in Canada dedicated to showcase agriculture; in creating this facility 35 user groups provided input; animal safety and participant comfort inspired all the back areas to allow better flow of four-legged traffic. 

It is a 2,500-seat arena complex for arts, entertainment, commerce, education and - of course - agriculture where regional, national and international trade-shows, exhibitions and competitions will be hosted all year-round.

With the annual Calgary Stampede less than 2 week away (!) the opening of this new facility could not have been better timed.

EVFreePress; Stampede Expansion Plan

Calgary Stampede; Park Development

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