Calgary has long been a trusted destination with event planners. Here is what event planners who have hosted events at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park over the past year have to say.
Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park
"With the guidance and leadership of representatives from the BMO Centre at Stampede Park, our Rotary Club was able to resume modified, in-person meetings on September 10, 2020. The BMO Centre made appropriate arrangements for us to meet in a larger facility, with capacity for the number of people permitted by Alberta Health Services guidelines, and for the remainder of our members to attend virtually. The management team was extremely professional, ensuring the safety and comfort of our club members. They worked with us to continually improve the layout of the room and the overall function of the facility. They ensured the quality of the experience for both those in-person as well as those attending virtually was the best possible. I cannot say enough about the innovative approach this team took to making our members feel special during challenging times. Our members are eager to return to in-person meetings hosted by this team." - Penny Leckie, Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park
Tattoo & Arts Festival
"The Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival at BMO Centre at Stampede Park was the first convention in Canada since the pandemic began in March 2020. This event not only hosted over 200 tattoo artists and retail vendors, but over 5,000 guests attended over three days. The positive feedback from all involved in the event was astounding, the safety of our staff, vendors and guests was a top priority, and the procedures and protocols implemented by the BMO Centre at Stampede Park helped us not only produce a successful event, but a safe one that had no COVID-19 cases reported. All contact points from beginning to end of one's visit were considered, from daily temperature checks for all staff, artists and vendors, to contact tracing and contactless payment options at the box office, parking kiosk and concessions. The guest experience services were appreciated and helpful in directing the public and communicating with guests from the time they entered the park to arriving to our event." - Kevin Blackburn, Canwest Productions
NOEL Indoor Christmas Light Market
"Working with the BMO Centre at Stampede Park this year has been encouraging, professional and successful. They walked us through the extensive safety protocols they were initiating and were supportive and encouraging throughout the journey as we crated new ideas and alternative operation methods. They brought hope and practical optimism to a daunting and monumental task. Ultimately, the month-long event was very different, but simply achieving an event of such scale without any incident, health concerns, outbreaks or viral spread was the ultimate success. Having worked with many venues over the years, I am confident we would not have accomplished such with any other venue in North America." - Jonathan Houweling, Red Deer Events & Noel Christmas