About Scotiabank Saddledome
North of the border and just east of the mighty Rocky Mountains sits the city of Calgary. Nestled in south-central Alberta, Canada, Calgary has a lot going for it – least of which is the brilliantly designed Scotiabank Saddledome, a one-of-a-kind indoor multi-use stadium that has seen its share of events. From concerts and hockey games to Olympic competition to even annual rodeos, the Saddledome has seen it all and then some!
The History of the Saddledome
The Saddledome’s history stretches back to the early 1980s when the city of Calgary put in a successful bid to host the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. The existing venues in the city weren’t up to snuff for such an event, and a push to construct a new complex resulted in the Saddledome opening in 1983 with plenty of time before the Olympics. The arena was updated in the 1990s as well, with the addition of dozens of new luxury suites, seating for more than 1000 additional fans, and other amenities like better parking and even a new restaurant.
The Scotiabank Saddledome’s main tenant is the Calgary Flames, proudly dominating the ice at the venue since its opening day. The Saddledome also famously hosted the ice hockey and figure skating competitions of the ’88 Olympics and is the home of the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.
Besides Scotiabank Saddledome sports events, the venue is a major attraction for other types of entertainment. The Moody Blues, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Rod Stewart, and other top names have performed there over the years. Another regular occurrence, the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede rodeo show, has been using the Saddledome for decades as one of its main venues.
What’s so special about Scotiabank Saddledome events?
Scotiabank Saddledome events are noteworthy because of the venue’s unique design. The literally saddle-shaped concrete roof is iconic and award-winning, and it’s nearly 20,000-seat capacity makes it one of the largest arenas in the region.
Additionally, the Saddledome’s special because its days are numbered. The Calgary City Council has approved the venue’s replacement, so get your tickets now before this storied and historic venue is gone forever!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Scotiabank Saddledome located?
Scotiabank Saddledome is located in Stampede Park in the southeast end of downtown Calgary, in Alberta, Canada.
What kind of events does Scotiabank Saddledome host?
Scotiabank Saddledome events are a big hit. With top-notch performances and great NHL matchups at the venue nearly every week, there’s always something to see.
Which team is playing at Scotiabank Saddledome?
The arena is the home of the Calgary Flames (NHL).
Where can I park for free at Scotiabank Saddledome?
Parking is available on a limited event-by-event basis for Scotiabank Saddledome events in the arena’s official lots on the north side. If you’re looking for cheaper parking options, there is additional parking on Stampede Park, adjacent to the arena. Or, you can even check out other private lots and garages in the area, further away from the arena.
What is the seating capacity of Scotiabank Saddledome?
The seating capacity of Scotiabank Saddledome sports events is over 19,000.
Who owns Scotiabank Saddledome?
The Saddledome is owned by the City of Calgary.
How do I get to Scotiabank Saddledome using public transport?
Fans wishing to avoid the hassle of parking have great options for reaching Scotiabank Saddledome events on time. The arena is conveniently located on major bus routes, as well as at the Victoria Park/Stampede Station of the LRT - which leaves you right by the arena.