A new arena concept design, which was presented to Calgary City Council’s Event Centre Assessment Committee on Friday, blows the old Dome straight out of the water.
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According to a tweet from Councillor Jeff Davison, who has sat on the committee since its creation in May of this year, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CLMC) provided the committee with renderings showing what a new event centre in Calgary could look like.
CLMC is in charge of redeveloping the Rivers district over the coming years, which is the district that the ageing Saddledome now sits.
Conversations between the NHL, the Calgary Flames, and the City of Calgary about replacing the Saddledome fizzled out on a sour note last year, though these new concepts could be a step towards an eventual solution.
From today’s #ECAC meeting – a concept of what a new #EventCentre for Calgary could look like. Thank you to @CalgaryMLC for providing the visionary work for this much needed cultural and entertainment district. #yyc #yyccc #Calgary pic.twitter.com/7JZNKhyeMM
— Jeff Davison (@JeffDavisonYYC) October 5, 2018
The renderings from Davison’s tweet show an arena with an inverted bowl, which is a new seating concept created by architecture firm Rossetti that brings higher levels inwards and closer to the stage/play area.
“Instead of sloping away, The Inverted Bowl by Rossetti leans in: thrilling tiered seating catapults viewers closer to the action for broadcast quality views. Remarkably, the worst seats in the house become the best,” Rossetti’s website states.
“The unique Inverted Bowl by Rossetti also creates animated and vibrant balcony levels that promote social interactions and engagement. The result is a live entertainment experience unlike any other: A concept that immerses fans in the action and quite literally transforms venue design.”
Specifics from the Event Centre Assessment Committee’s meeting have not yet been released, though it has been surmised by Flames Nation that the location of the building could be two blocks north of the Saddledome, between Olympic Way and 5th Street SE and 12th and 14th Avenues.
The inverted bowl concept would allow for a large seating capacity while still fitting into the constrained area of the Olympic Way location.
This isn’t the first proposed arena concept from Rossetti, either, as the company released renderings of a new Calgary arena back in 2016.
Whether or not Calgary will receive a new event centre for concerts, hockey games, and more remains to be determined, but we have to say that we’re liking what we’re seeing so far.