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Flames arena construction to start August 2021, open in 2024-25 season

Specifics for the new Calgary Flames arena construction were announced, including a start date, the opening date and the design and construction teams for the NHL project.

The Flames arena construction is expected to begin more than a year from now, in August 2021, giving the project an opening timeline of the 2024-2025 season. Seating 19,000, the arena is expected to cost C$550 million ($401.5 million U.S.).

Leading the design of the project: Dialog of Calgary and HOK of Kansas City, Missouri, collaborated on Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Building the arena will be local construction firm CANA Construction partnering with Mortenson Construction.

The information was released by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC).

“The Event Centre will be a year-round entertainment facility that will serve as an extraordinary civic amenity for Calgarians and visitors to enjoy for generations to come,” says Kate Thompson, President and CEO, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. “First and foremost, we were looking for a team to work alongside us for the next five years, we’re confident in our selection of DIALOG + HOK and CANA + Mortenson based on their collective experience, capabilities and understanding to deliver a venue that demonstrates Calgary’s pride and spirit.”

“As we move forward with the development of this facility, we are confident this project team brings the experience, leadership and ambition to realize the full potential of what the Event Centre provides Calgary,” says John Bean, President and CEO, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation. “With their experience of large-scale sport and entertainment facilities, we know that Calgary’s new Event Centre will be a source of civic pride for many years to come.”

The Flames have played at the Saddledome since 1983. It is the second-oldest arena in the NHL; Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Rangers, opened in 1968, but a $1-billion renovation was completed in 2013.

Conceptual rendering courtesy City of Calgary.

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