CALGARY, ALTA.—Crews have completed major renovation work at the Max Bell Centre in Calgary.
The city announced the $14 million upgrades were completed on time and on budget. Work on the arena facility included lobby and change room renovations, replacing electrical and mechanical systems, installing energy-efficient lighting, installing new safety netting, building a new ice slab, new dasher boards and new board glass for Ken Bracko Arena.
“Investments like these go a long way to ensuring Calgarians have access to quality recreation amenities,” said Gian-Carlo Carra, ward 9 councillor, in a statement. “Max Bell Centre is much more than arenas — it’s a place for the community to gather, host events and stay active.”
The arena sees more than half a million people each year. Thanks to the upgrades, visitors will now see enhanced accessibility with the addition of barrier-free washrooms and a new elevator. The main entrance, lobby and concession areas have also been redesigned and modernized, and families can enjoy a new interactive play area and activity wall.
According to the city, the centre is an important venue for outdoor festivals, including Chasing Summer, the Calgary Japanese Festival “Omatsuri” and the Canada Day Block Party.
Lighting upgrades, improved access to potable water, electrical service for food trucks, structural aprons to support entertainment staging, and resurfacing of the parking lot are expected to increase the facility’s appeal as a festival and event location.
“Max Bell Centre is an important community asset serving diverse groups,” said James McLaughlin, acting director of Calgary Recreation. “These improvements will mean a better and more accessible experience for sport participants, cultural groups, families and community partners.”
The centre has been used for sports, festivals and events since the mid-1970s.