Big news in Calgary. The city will start construction on an event centre that will be the new home of the Flames in August, 2021.
Calgary’s municipal land corporation revealed Wednesday the design architects and construction companies chosen to spearhead the $550-million project.
The venue that will replace the 37-year-old Saddledome is scheduled for completion in May, 2024.
It has been reported that the Flames have hired a design team that was involved in building Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit, where they put a premium on stacking seats at a high pitch, keeping fans close to the action.
The look of the arena will come from a partnership between the Calgary design company Dialogue and the American international architectural and engineering firm HOK, according to a statement from the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC).
HOK was the design leader for Edmonton’s Rogers Place, Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena and Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Fans were quick to note on social media that the atmosphere at the Little Caesar’s Arena is something and will be great for the fanbase in Calgary.
It remains to be seen if the look will please Flames fans in the end.