b'2023 Report to the Community Calgary Stampede 4BMO Centre Expansion Comes to LifeOver the past year, the vision for the BMO Centre expansion continued to take shape, with new renderings, space concepts, public art and building structure coming to life. At the beginning of the year, we announced details and renderings of the Exchangethe BMO Centre expansions dramatic central gathering space, which will be anchored by Canadas largest indoor fireplace, standing at 21m tall. Clad in blackened steel and copper, the fireplace offers a nod to Calgarys western heritage and theRendering of the Exchange, feeling of gathering around the campfire for warmth and theBMO Centre expansionexchange of ideas.We shared the vision for the expansions two new ballrooms the 50,000 sq. ft. Champions Ballroom and the 20,000 sq. ft.We were also thrilled to announce the addition of Spirit of Water Percheron Ballroom. Both ballrooms were named after impressivein Novembera public art piece that will create a focal point for horses and will join in the equine name theme along with thevisitors in our community and from around the world to gatherPalomino room in the existing BMO Centre, celebrating ourat the newly expanded BMO Centre. This incredible work by western heritage.renowned artist, Gerry Judah, joins our 14-piece outdoorIn May, the expansion reached a milestone as the building was fullypublic art collection and add to our storied history and celebration weathertight with the roofing, exterior walls and windows in place.of community. During this time, nearly 600 tradespeople were on-site every day,At completion, the building, including the existing BMO Centre six days a week. Crews were installing 20,000-30,000 sq. ft. ofspace, will have the ability to host an impressive 33,000 guests at drywall daily and there were more than 150 lifts on-site with 80once. This makes the BMO Centre Western Canadas largest per cent of the crew working at least 20 ft. in the air.convention centre. Currently, the BMO Centre expansion project is In the summer, the concept for one of the buildings new prominentnearing completion with the doors set to open on schedule in June spaces was shared. The Brand Room is named after the brands ofof 2024. Thank you to our development partners at Calgary the Stampedes Big Four. The 3,000 sq. ft. space features naturalMunicipal Land Corporation and all of our project partners for light and elevated finishes, including charred wood, leather andhelping us achieve these construction milestones over the past year. copper accents. The space is complimented by an 11,000 sq. ft.This $500 million project was supported through equal covered outdoor balcony that offers sweeping views of Stampedecontributions from the Government of Canada, Government of Park year-round.Alberta and the City of Calgary.October saw the exterior cladding of the building officially complete, with more than 6,000 copper-coloured panels making up the impressive exterior.Rendering of Spirit of Water by renowned artist Gerry Judah'