The Calgary Flames Game Day Guide
The Calgary Flames Game Day Guide
How to get to and from the Calgary Flames game
The central location of the Scotiabank Saddledome makes it easy to get to from anywhere in Calgary.
You can park on the grounds for around $15.00, but once the game is over, it may take about 20 minutes to get out of the lot. Some fans leave the game early to beat the rush if it doesn’t look like the game will be a win. But with the Calgary Flames’ habit for late-game heroics, you’ll want to see the full 60 minutes of play.
What to wear at the Calgary Flames hockey game
Wear the colour red if you want to get the full Calgary Flames experience. Flames fans are often called the “C of Red” and it’s easy to see why at any home game.
The FanAttic also offers more affordable options including a variety of red T-shirts, including some with the name and number of the local hockey heroes. Or grab yourself a new hat and be ready to toss it on the ice if a Calgary Flame player scores three goals in the game, also called a hat trick.
Fans of the visiting team are welcome to represent their team, just be prepared for some good-natured chants from Calgary Flames’ fans. Home team fans might ask you “Where’s your red?” Generally, it is considered bad jersey etiquette to wear the jersey of a team not involved in the game, or worse yet, from another sport altogether. So, leave your Saskatchewan Roughriders green or New York Yankees pinstripes at home.
What to do when you arrive at the Scotiabank Saddledome
Doors open 90 minutes before puck drop. All guests go through a standard security check when entering the Scotiabank Saddledome. Security recommends that bags do not exceed 12 x 12 x 6, so don’t bring anything too big or any outside food or beverages.
Arrive early and take advantage of special discounts on food, beverages, and Flames merchandise.
The Scotiabank Saddledome has been home to the Flames for over 35 years, so in many ways it is a shrine to the club. Take a stroll around the concourse to see displays featuring the history of the Flames. Hockey fans will appreciate the sports history and memorabilia. Once in your seats, take a moment to gaze up at the rafters to see the team’s banners, including their 1989 Stanley Cup Championship banner and player numbers retired by the team.
Hardcore hockey fans will enjoy watching warm-ups, which begin 31 minutes before the start of the game. Another popular activity is buying 50/50 tickets in the concourse or stands. Half the proceeds go towards a local charity while the other half can end up in your pocket with some impressive jackpots handed out.
What to eat at the Saddledome during the hockey game
Try the Skyline Deli for great sandwiches and pulled pork. This is a great pre-game meal and you can still leave room for other treats during the game. Find chicken and ribs at The Rotisserie and make sure to grab plenty of napkins. Pocket Dawg serves classic hot dogs that make a great first intermission treat. Get all the fixings, including the ranch sauce. It might sound weird but trust me, it’s good.
Dining at the Dome doesn’t have to be a gut buster. You can make some healthy choices at Getting Veggie With It, which offers a full vegan menu. Whatever you choose, remember to save room for ice cream during the second intermission. Ask for a swirl, which will give you a little bit of chocolate and vanilla in a delicious twisted treat.
A Calgary Flames game is a family atmosphere
The Calgary Flames pride themselves on creating an environment where fans of all ages can be comfortable. Fans are passionate but generally well behaved. Like most sports events, sometimes things can get a little heated. Thankfully, each section at the Scotiabank Saddledome is staffed with an attendant that can quickly address any concerns or deal with someone who is too into the game.
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How to see other live sports in Calgary
While the Flames may be the big ticket in town, there are plenty of sports to enjoy during your visit to Calgary.
The Calgary Hitmen are one of the most consistent franchises in the Western Hockey League (WHL). The Hitmen also play at the Scotiabank Saddledome with very affordable ticket prices. Hockey fans will enjoy the high tempo and the chance to see future stars of the NHL. Some notable former Hitmen include Ryan Getzlaf, Andrew Ladd, and Martin ones.
The Calgary Flames' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate also plays home games at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Get a front row seat to the hockey superstars of tomorrow as the Calgary Wranglers take the ice.
The Calgary Roughnecks also call the Dome home as part of the National Lacrosse League (NLL). If you have never seen a professional lacrosse game, give it a try! The sport is fast, physical and intense with a party-like atmosphere that is unmatched.
Depending on when you are visiting Calgary, you may also be able to catch some Canadian Football League (CFL) action with the Calgary Stampeders, Calgary’s soccer club that hits the turf at Spruce Meadows with the Calvary FC, and the Calgary Surge of the Canadian Elite Basketball League, with home games at the WinSport Event Centre.