Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Calgary Spends $500 Million To Build Second Largest Event Centre In Canada

Calgary Spends $500 Million To Build Second Largest Event Centre In Canada

The X Games are (most likely) coming to Calgary. "The X Games features more than 200 world-class athletes, many of whom live and have trained here in the province, competing in a variety of skiing and snowboarding events and numerous young athletes, both on the slopes and on the stands, will go on to represent Canada at Olympic Games and beyond", said Miranda.

Noah Bowman is Calgarian and X Games silver and bronze medalist in ski superpipe and said his hometown is "the flawless place to host the X Games".

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi announced Wednesday that the city has secured exclusive Canadian rights to host the annual extreme sports event.

Launched in 1997, the Winter X Games were first televised in 2002 and have grown in popularity and in scale since then.

"The economic spinoffs are significant, and support our plans for tourism and economic development", Nenshi said.

Successfully hosting the games would result in an estimated $75 million boost in annual economic activity, over 10,000 out-of-region visitors, and 75,000 total spectators for each iteration. "This is an important first step to secure the X Games, and we expect that the events will support 540 jobs annually", said Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism.

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Back in December, the project was approved by the City of Calgary. "We want that forever".

Alongside the sporting competition, X Games will also play host to live music performances and other similar events throughout the city.

The Calgary Stampede has previously said the venue turns down 11 to 14 large conventions each year.

The federal government will help bankroll the expansion of the largest convention centre in Calgary.

"Now, all we need is a new event centre", Sutherland added, referring to one that will potentially be built in Victoria Park.

The city, through Tourism Calgary, will be investing $1.8 million per year for three years to support the WInter X games. "It's about brining Calgary to a world stage".

The Winter X Games have seen top athletes perform at the event in the past like American snowboarder Shaun White and Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris.

Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, François-Philippe Champagne, made the announcement at Stampede Park.

"When you combine the incredible athletes with the backdrop and venues of Calgary, the potential is there to produce a really special Canadian- inspired X Games".

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