A: Early in the evaluation process, it was determined that the site for CalgaryNEXT would best serve Calgarians in a central downtown location. In downtown Calgary there are few available locations that are capable of housing the project.
For transportation purposes, proximity to downtown, and mass transit access, the West Village was best suited for a project of this scale.
A: Ease of access to and from events held at the new event centre, fieldhouse and stadium is a very important consideration. Users of the facilities will come in various modes of transportation including vehicles. The ultimate number of parking spots will be dependant upon the City of Calgary building codes, the result of information obtained from the environmental remediation plan and the ultimate design of the new facilities. Statutory requirements for parking will be met and the location choice will minimize the need for excessive parking structures by providing alternative options.
A: In line with more modern urban design trends, pedestrian, public transit and ride sharing traffic will be encouraged through both the design and location of CalgaryNEXT.
A: Parking passes will still be available with the new project.
A: The West Village location has more and better points of access. It also has more options for development of future access and egress points. The physical footprint of the proposed West Village location is very difficult to find elsewhere in downtown Calgary, including the current location of the Scotiabank Saddledome.
A: Based on the history of other cities’ developments of major sporting facilities within a live, work, and play community, these developments have proven to be a positive influence on neighboring communities’ real estate values.
A: The funding model includes a public/private partnership reliant on significant owner equity in combination with appropriate public funding mechanisms. For more information, refer to the funding page of this site.
A: CalgaryNEXT’s public/private partnership is consistent with others in Canada and the United States. In fact, there is a significantly greater owner equity contribution through the CSEC to this project than is normally associated with projects like this.
A: No, CalgaryNEXT will not raise property taxes. Please refer to the funding page of the CalgaryNEXT website for a breakdown of the funding mechanisms in place.
A: CalgaryNEXT will be a catalyst to find collaborative solutions from all levels of government. The contamination clean-up is a complex challenge. The hope is to engage all levels of government in a discussion to share the responsibility. It needs to take place with or without this project for the land to have more uses than it presently does.
A: Yes, CalgaryNEXT will stimulate the complete re-development and revitalization of the West Village.
A: Planning, permitting and contamination remediation activities will all have to conclude before construction begins. It is anticipated that this will take 12-24 months. Once confirmed, construction of the Arena Events Centre and Multisport Fieldhouse Stadium will take approximately 36 month to complete. Contamination clean up may impact this schedule.
A: Renovating the Scotiabank Saddledome has been seriously considered. There is no economically feasible renovation program that would provide a new era facility to meet Calgary’s growing needs over the next several decades.
A: The future repurposing of the Scotiabank Saddledome is under review. The intent is to work with the city, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede and other interested parties, to determine the best future use of the facility.
A: Suburban locations have been reviewed and it was determined to be important that this development be a key component of Calgary’s downtown core so that it was accessible to all Calgarians. The need for easy public access to the facilities also played into the decision. Research shows that suburban developments of this type in other markets have proven to be less successful.
A: This has yet to be decided.
A: The City of Calgary is the current owner.
A: The City of Calgary would be the owner of CalgaryNEXT facility.
A: The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) would take on this responsibility.
A: We propose to make the the Fieldhouse part of CalgaryNEXT. There are many benefits including operating efficiency, reduced construction cost and greater access. The Calgary Fieldhouse Project is currently unfunded but identified as Calgarians single largest unfunded priority.
A: Yes. One element of the project is a practice facility. It will be in use during off peak hours of the day, and made available for public use at other times.
A: One of the major objectives of the new building is to give a sound economic structure to professional and amateur sports in Calgary. To do this, ticket prices may increase, but ultimately the market dictates pricing.
A: Season ticket holders, and all regular users of the facility, will have seat locations that are equivalent to, or better than, their existing location in the new facility.
A: There are a number of benefits to Calgarians. These include an initial $900 million in construction activity and associated economic and employment benefits. In the long term, the development of areas surrounding the initial project, as well as other economic drivers like increased tourism and commercial development of the area will provide decades of positive economic impact for the city.
A: No, it is a working title for the project.
A: The Calgary Stampede is a cherished event, and part of the fabric of Calgary. Our goal is to work closely with the Calgary Stampede to ensure the best possible outcome, and that they can capitalize on potential opportunities for growth and advancement created by the CalgaryNEXT project.
A: Professional sports in North America are quickly becoming the most significant way to transform a city. The facilities that house them are widely recognized as being centrally important to a city, far beyond any benefit they may receive directly from the tenant. They are becoming the focus for economic revitalization in many urban areas and key city building initiatvies.
A: The images on this website are initial designs. In reality, a number of different designs for CalgaryNEXT have been, and continue to be considered. The primary focus in evaluating them will be internal function and comfort, but rest assured, CalgaryNEXT will make a significant architectural statement to Calgary’s skyline.
A: Calgary’s professional sports teams: The Calgary Flames (NHL), Calgary Hitmen (WHL), Calgary Roughnecks (NLL), and Calgary Stampeders (CFL) will call the facility home. Additionally, the facility will cater to the every Calgarian through the fieldhouse, cultural events, and community support events.
A: The primary difference is that the CalgaryNEXT project is an integrated facility that includes an arena event center, fieldhouse, and football stadium with commercial and residential development whereas Edmonton’s project is an event center only with commercial and residential development.
A: The focus of CalgaryNEXT is on enhancing the user experience at every level.
A: There is currently not a designated area for tailgating at this time in the CalgaryNEXT design plans.
A: CalgaryNEXT’s main facilities will not affect any existing residential property.
A: CalgaryNEXT’s location is not on the flood plain and that area did not experience any flooding in 2013. Here’s a link to a map that shows Calgary’s flood hazard areas http://maps.srd.alberta.ca/FloodHazard/viewer.ashx?viewer=Mapping
A: McMahon Stadium’s capacity is 36,000 people. CalgaryNEXT’s Fieldhouse Stadium will hold 30,000 spectators normally, and be expandable to 50,000 for special events.
A: The Scotiabank Saddledome’s capacity is 19,289. CalgaryNEXT will be in that same capacity range, which is considered optimal.
A: Because the facility will be in use year round a roof for the Multisport Fieldhouse Stadium is required.
A: We are exploring an option for a translucent roof for the Fieldhouse Stadium, but there is currently no specific solution in place for the facility roof.
A: The final design of CalgaryNEXT has not been confirmed yet. That being said, our goal is to make sure user experience is enhanced for all attendees.