In 1980, two major events made it apparent Calgary needed a multi-purpose facility; the bid for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games and the arrival of a NHL hockey franchise, the Calgary Flames.
The Saddledome Foundation was established to oversee construction and future management of the new facility. Quick progress was made, and on October 15, 1983, the doors to the Saddledome officially opened. During the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, the Saddledome was a star attraction, successfully hosting the figure skating and hockey competitions. In 1994, management of the Saddledome was transferred to the newly formed Calgary Flames Limited Partnership. In the fall of that year, renovations totalling more than $37 million were undertaken. One year later, the new Scotiabank Saddledome was unveiled.
Country music superstar Reba McEntire opened the new Saddledome with an electrifying, sold-out performance. Official re-opening ceremonies were celebrated eleven days later, at the Calgary Flames ’95-’96 season home opener.
Today, great seating, fabulous food, superior service and state-of-the-art technology make Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome the perfect choice for an unforgettable entertainment experience.