Who doesn’t love new things? There are some major projects happening around Stampede Park, and we can’t wait to see the brand-new Culture + Entertainment District take shape. Calgary’s next great neighbourhood will have it all, from riverfront residences to entertainment and community spaces. But if this is the first time you’re hearing about this, we’ll rewind.

There is a new district coming to Calgary, and now that Stampede has come and gone, construction is really ramping up. There are a few major projects under construction that might impact your route to the Saddledome and BMO Centre. But not to worry! We’ve got the low-down on everything you need to know about the new Culture + Entertainment District and what it means for Calgary.

The Culture + Entertainment District 

This new district is a huge revamp of the area around the Stampede grounds. The RiveMs District Master Plan is a 20-year vision for the redevelopment of  Stampede Park and East Victoria Park as Calgary Culture + Entertainment District. This area has always been a meeting place for people and big ideas. When it’s done, you can expect a lively, walkable community with plazas to gather, parks to explore, cafes to try, and venues to celebrate together. 

What’s In The Works

What to know about the new Culture + Entertainment District
Photo via CMLC

BMO Centre expansion
This is expected to wrap up in 2024 and will make BMO Canada’s largest convention centre, with over 1 million square feet of total floor space.

17 Ave Extension + Stampede/Victoria Park Station Rebuild
This rebuild will carry pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles across Macleod Trail from 17 Avenue SE, linking The District to neighbouring communities like Beltline and 17 Ave SW.

Stampede Trail Redevelopment Project
Say hello to the C+E’s main street and the future home to sidewalk patios, new business spots, and afternoon strolls.

The Calgary Stampede’s Sam Centre
Get ready to meet a new city landmark with interactive exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of the Calgary Stampede year-round.

The Future Green Line
The City of Calgary will be opening a new transit line, building an underground LRT station right in the heart of The C+E.

What to know about the new Culture + Entertainment District
Photo via CMLC

It’s a super exciting chapter in Calgary’s story, but naturally, there will be a lot of construction and detours in the area while these stunning new spaces are brought to life. With concerts, events, and hockey season right around the corner, we’ve put together some tips on how to get around and make it to your events on time while construction is happening. 

Leave Early

Give yourself extra time if you’re heading down to catch a show or hockey game. It gives you peace of mind, and you’ll still get there on time.

Come from the South

Another approach is coming from the opposite side you’re used to. Construction will be less impactful to vehicle traffic entering from 25 Avenue SE. If you’re coming from the north or east sides of the city, remember that the 4 Street underpass will be closed to vehicle traffic. Use the 4th Avenue flyover to 1 Street SE or Macleod Trail South instead.

Park and Go

Do you hate circling side streets for parking? Then try parking at Platform Innovation Centre & Parkade instead. It’s close to all the event centres and only costs $4 on evenings and weekends. 

Park at the 11 Ave Lot

If you’re attending a concert or game at the Saddledome, you can also park at the 11 Ave SE parking lot with access from Avenue SE. It’s easy access to the Saddledome and doesn’t fill up as quickly as other lots.

Take Transit

If you don’t want to bother with parking at all, then try taking the C-train instead! It’s a short trip from the LRT station or bus stops to get to venues around Stampede Park.

Pedal or Scoot

Another great option is to bike in or ride one of Calgary’s short-term rental e-scooters. Secure bike parking is available at Platform, and you can always park your e-scooter along the perimeter of Stampede Park.

Stay Up to Date

It never hurts to plan ahead, and you can stay on top of all the construction and road closures happening around the Culture + Entertainment District via the C+E Access Map. Get real-time updates so you can plan your trip with time to spare.

Excited for what the future holds? Follow along with The C+E online and watch this new city district come to life.


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