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Calgary City Council Says Yes to C$550 Million Flames Arena

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Calgary City Council Says Yes to C$550 Million Flames Arena

  • City will own 100% of venue, contribute half of building cost
  • Agreement won broad support of city council in Tuesday vote
The Scotiabank Saddledome 

The Scotiabank Saddledome 

Photographer: Derek Leung/Getty Images North America
The Scotiabank Saddledome 
Photographer: Derek Leung/Getty Images North America

The owners of the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames struck a deal with the city to build a new C$550 million ($418 million) event center for the team to play in, replacing the more than 30-year-old Saddledome.

The city will own 100% of the building and fund half of the construction cost under the deal approved by a 11-4 vote of the city council on Tuesday. The team owners, the Calgary Sports & Entertainment Complex, will bear all of the operating, maintenance and repair costs for the life of the 35-year agreement.

The facility will replace the Scotiabank Saddledome, which opened in 1983 and was one of the main venues during the 1988 Winter Olympics. The facility, which has a swooping saddle shape that evokes Calgary’s western heritage, also has hosted visits from Queen Elizabeth II and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Flames ownership group includes Murray Edwards, the billionaire chairman and largest individual shareholder of oil and gas producer Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.