World class speed skating and high-performance sport facility
November 19th, 2020
Centre of excellence
(Temporarily Closed) The Olympic Oval, located on the University of Calgary Campus, is a world class speed skating and high performance sport facility dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and health and wellness for all. Home to the Fastest Ice in the World™, 291 world records have been set at the Oval in both long and short track speed skating since opening day in 1987. Aside from playing host to numerous speed skating competitions every year, the Oval also offers high performance training, public skating, and public running to be enjoyed by residents, visitors, and students alike. The facility acts mainly as a winter sport establishment, but opens its doors as an ice-out venue during the spring months. Always working to maintain the facility’s legacy as being “The Best Ever”, the Olympic Oval has finished installation of a brand new running track and will play host this season to the Long Track World Allround Championships, and the World Masters Games.
The Olympic Oval is a legacy facility of the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games. The Olympic Oval hosts dozens of national and international speed skating competitions and world cups every year (most of which offer complimentary admission). Additionally, the Oval offers the largest ice surface (400 m) for public skating in the city. If you feel like an indoor run during the winter months, the Oval has a 450 m running track and 8x100 sprint pads.
The Olympic Oval has a rich sporting history in Calgary and the Olympic movement as a whole. Stop by and see why this building is more than just a rink. You can visit the Oval and view all the ongoings with its spectacular 180° viewing deck. See why this building continues to be the heart of sport in Calgary and part of a great Olympic legacy.
Enjoy public skating on The Fastest Ice in the World™ Monday nights for only a Toonie.
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