The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Calgary Flames will move into a new arena after the team agreed a deal with both the Calgary city and Alberta provincial governments.
- New arena to be built in the city’s Rivers District in the east end of downtown Calgary
- A new community rink, enclosed plaza, transit improvements and parking will also be part of overall infrastructure project
- Overall project to cost CAN$1.2 billion (US$880 million), with the arena alone to cost CAN$800 million (US$586.6 million)
- Team owners to contribute CAN$356 million (US$261 million) for the overall project
- Calgary city government to provide CAN$537.3 million (US$394.1 million), while the Alberta province has pledged CAN$330 million (US$242.1 million) for infrastructure enhancements and CAN$30 million (US$22 million) for the community rink costs
The Scotiabank Saddledome opened in 1983 and is the second-oldest arena in the NHL. The city of Calgary and the Flames previously reached a deal for a new arena in 2019, but the plan was later scrapped due to concerns over the rising cost of the project.
“We can’t wait to drop the puck in a new, state-of-the-art arena and look forward to what this development will do for all Calgarians,” said Gary Bettman, NHL commissioner.
Preliminary designs will now need to be drawn up for the Flames’ new arena. There is no firm timeline for construction as of yet.