Representatives from the federal and provincial governments, the Calgary Stampede and Agrium joined thousands of spectators to celebrate the official opening of the highly anticipated Agrium Western Event Centre in the heart of Stampede Park on June 21st.
The Agrium Centre is a one-of-a-kind facility in Canada and a significant infrastructure project in Stampede history. The ultra-modern centerpiece for western events, exhibitions and sustainable agriculture education is tailored for the needs of animals and western events, creating one of the most unique agricultural showcases in the world.
“We’re thrilled to be part of making the Agrium Western Event Centre a reality at the Calgary Stampede. This is a place to celebrate agriculture and to learn about sustainable farming practices, through the Journey 2050 program, as we work to feed 9 billion people globally by 2050,” said Chuck Magro, president and CEO of Agrium.
Building construction began two years ago for the 2,500-seat livestock-ready arena and 20,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose exhibit space. Now complete, this is the final piece of a $61.2 million Agricultural Discovery Zone infrastructure investment that includes enhancements to the Agriculture Building and a reconfigured track and new infield tunnel access for livestock transportation.
The Agrium Centre will host national and international events and competitions, with the upcoming fall season already filling up with exciting events, including the Arabian Association Region Championships, Team Roping Canadian Finals, Grassroots Finals Rodeo and Royal West.
“This marks a historic day in the Calgary Stampede’s vision to create a year-round gathering place. The Agrium Western Event Centre is where urban and rural audiences can connect all year,” said Bob Thompson, president and chairman of the Board, Calgary Stampede.
• The Government of Canada contributed $25 million toward this project through the Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component.
• The Government of Alberta also contributed $25 million toward this project.
• Agrium and other donors, through the Calgary Stampede, contributed over $11.2 million for a project total of close to $61.2 million.