The Bigger Picture

BMO Centre is at the heart of downtown Calgary’s new Culture and Entertainment District.

Ever since the city’s birth in 1875, downtown Calgary’s east end has been a hub of culture and entertainment—an essence sustained and reinforced by the Calgary Stampede’s Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth for more than a century.

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) – the visionary team of developers and placemakers who brought East Village back to life – and the Calgary Stampede have worked closely as partners and neighbours since 2007, when CMLC launched its phenomenally successful infrastructure improvement and placemaking program to redevelop and revitalize East Village.

Just as Calgary Public Library sought out CMLC’s expertise in project management, development and placemaking for Calgary’s new Central Library, the Calgary Stampede has enlisted CMLC to apply its expertise in inner-city mixed-use development on our behalf.

Guided by the newly minted Rivers District Master Plan (RDMP), created in collaboration with the Calgary Stampede, CMLC is now working to infuse new energy and new life into east Victoria Park. Our shared vision: to usher in the re-emergence of downtown Calgary’s east end as a culture and entertainment district like no other.

A key component of the RDMP is the expansion and modernization of the BMO Centre in the context of, and as a catalyst for, Calgary’s Culture and Entertainment District in the city’s east end.

The BMO Centre expansion project will deliver a world-class convention centre and catalyze development in a neighbourhood primed for redevelopment while adding jobs and injecting new energy into the city.