The Calgary Stampede has existed as an iconic symbol of volunteerism, community spirit and western values for more than 100 years. We invite our partners to be part of this community by offering the opportunity to connect their brand to a unique and passionate audience. Calgary Stampede sponsors gain access to host clients in premium venues, engage their employees and increase brand loyalty and sales through the alignment of mutual objectives.
The Calgary Stampede is a not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. With the vision to create a world-class, year-round gathering place for the community, the organization reinvests all revenue into a broad range of programs, our facilities and the talent of 2,500 volunteers and 1,200 employees who together create our success. The support of our public partners is vital to the continued development of Stampede Park for the benefit of Albertans and visitors from around the world. Our shared vision will enable us to be valued contributors to our community both today and well into the next century.
The City of Calgary
The City of Calgary is a long-time partner of the Calgary Stampede. Along with providing our 100-year lease and support for our credit facilities, collaboration enables outreach into the community to enhance and further civic activities throughout the year. Various initiatives at Stampede Park and in the city engage citizens and guests, contributing to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the greater community.
The City is providing one-third of the funding for the expansion of the BMO Centre, which has progressed on budget with construction toward becoming the largest convention facility in Western Canada.
The Government of Alberta
The Government of Alberta, through Alberta Culture, supported several Stampede programs and facilities through an operating grant agreement of $6.055 million. These funds provided opportunities for youth to learn about Indigenous culture and history, agriculture and sustainability, and develop performing arts skills, along with one million guests from around the world to experience a full Stampede with iconic events like our chuckwagon races, agriculture competitions and First Nations cultural presentations in Elbow River Camp. Further, the investment enabled 2,500 volunteers to contribute their time and talent to build community and spirit year-round, while $250,000 was specifically directed to complete repair work on the roof of The Big Four Building to ensure the safety of our guests using this public venue.
The Province is a one-third funding partner of the BMO Centre Expansion Project. Phase three construction continued on schedule with the final main steel beam placed in November, the exterior roofline and features taking shape, and steady progress toward the June 2024 opening of the new tier-one conference facility.
The Government of Canada
The Government of Canada provided support through COVID-19 pandemic income and wage subsidy relief and a one-time contribution of $10 million from the Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative announced in June for the annual July celebration. The Calgary Stampede appreciates this support, which helped sustain employment opportunities and deliver a full presentation with Stampede 2022. The Canada Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) contribution of $46,717 enabled additional employment opportunities during the year.
The contribution by Infrastructure Canada of one-third matching funds to the $500 million-dollar expansion of the BMO Centre enabled completion of the main steel frame and the majority of the exterior work, to enable the interior construction to move forward on schedule in the coming year.