Construction of a new 50,000-sq.-ft. exhibition hall at the Stampede grounds is set to begin this month.
The Roundup Centre will be given a $50-million facelift immediately after Stampede 2007, following approval of the development permit by the city, Calgary Stampede CEO Vern Kimball said yesterday.
"Roundup Centre expansion is a key step in our plan to transform Stampede Park into a year-round gathering place and destination and ensures our city will continue to attract major international events such as the WorldSkills Competition in 2009 and the Global Petroleum Show," he said.
"These facilities are used by Calgarians for everything from trade shows and business meetings to fundraising events and graduation ceremonies, and attract thousands of visitors to our city each year."
The 375,000-sq.-ft. Roundup Centre is the centrepiece of Stampede Park's exhibition facilities, which host more than 800,000 visitors at 600 events throughout the year.
The expansion plans, funded by the province, include construction of a second level and another exhibition hall.
Due to be completed in 2009, the expanded Roundup Centre will connect to the relocated Calgary Stampede Casino, set to open in June 2008, and a planned hotel, expected to be built by a private developer.
This trade and entertainment complex will be connected by a Plus-15 walkway to the Victoria Park/Stampede LRT Station.