Since it was announced in 2019, the Calgary event centre has caused quite a stir. From budget to location, everyone has had (and is totally entitled to) an opinion, so it’s no surprise that its most recent design phase has been no different.
For those who may have missed it, after recent renegotiations, the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation actually hired a new design team to reanimated a series of brand new renderings that were unlike those brought forward by the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation.
As you can see above they’ve dramatically changed the shape, style and overall look of the $608.5 million centre – sparking debate amongst fans.
🔥 The new Event Centre continues to evolve and take shape!
— Jeff Davison (@JeffDavisonYYC) August 24, 2021
In response to recent photos of the facility posted by mayoral candidate Jeff Davison, Twitter practically erupted with comments both good and bad.
From comedic comparisons to supportive remarks, it seems that as long as Calgarians have a penny to spare, they’ll give away their two cents with enthusiasm. Let’s take a look at what they had to say this week!
As mentioned, some are a-ok with the change – encouraging the city to move forward with the concept
— IceTito (@IceTitoYYC) August 24, 2021
🔥🔥🔥 love it!
— evynn anderson (@kevinflanderson) August 24, 2021
I’m a life long Oilers fan who’s blood runs blue but I hope the Flames get a beautiful new arena as soon as possible!!! It’s good for the community and great for the game!!!
— Rob Gauthier (@RobGauthier7) August 25, 2021
This doesn’t look bad at all, add a couple of giant player banners on the outside flat parts and this building would be a banger.
— Kev (@Printzeh) August 24, 2021
Others, however… well… they weren’t all that jazzed (to put it lightly)
I support this project, but did the budget not include an architect? This is a really awful design. Looks like a basic build an 8 year old could do in Minecraft.
I think the original concept drawings looked much better than this.
— (((Emma P.))) (@TiredOfYYCCold) August 24, 2021
We want more drama. pic.twitter.com/L4sxoWIWnw
— Nishant Mehrotra (@nmehrotra) August 25, 2021
Fixed it pic.twitter.com/rZ4z24xcWe
— Kevin Corey (@TheatreHoBo) August 25, 2021
It looks like a prison with a drive in movie screen. Is this really the design you all thought was the best? It is seriously ugly and without any character. Why can’t we have nice things?
— Rage Against UCP (@darkmoodie) August 24, 2021
Inspired by an Amazon Distribution Center? 🤢 pic.twitter.com/weP1By0Xpt
— Neil Graham (@neil_graham) August 25, 2021
This looks terrible. Was it designed by this guy? pic.twitter.com/0AmSUm79o2
— Donald Blake (@StatisPro) August 25, 2021
Is this the box the arena comes in?
— The Strategists (@strategistspod) August 24, 2021
Fixed it pic.twitter.com/X7ZhsvxKAs
— Chris Conte (@ChrisConte79) August 25, 2021
— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) August 24, 2021
Now we want to know what you guys think! How do you feel about the new renderings of the Calgary event centre? Do you want to see more? If not, let us know why in the comments on our socials!
It’s sure going to be e a few very exciting years – we guess that all we really have to do is hang tight until 2024 when the project is completed and what a wait that will be.