Olympics would be big revamp to Calgary stadium
CALGARY — A potential Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Games includes a plan to make the city’s aging football stadium more accessible to people with disabilities.
Fergal Duff, with the Calgary 2026 Olympic and Paralympic bid corporation, said renovations on McMahon Stadium are estimated to cost $80 million out of the $500 million earmarked for refurbishing existing venues.
Another $400 million is expected to be spent on a new field house and mid-sized arena.
“I truly believe that whatever good things we build, end up building us,” said Duff, the bid corporation’s director of venues, villages and capital infrastructure.
With just four days until a nonbinding vote on whether the 1988 host city should ask for another turn, Calgary 2026 released mockup images of what some revamped and new venues could look like.
Duff said structures between the columns at McMahon would be removed, doubling the size of its currently cramped circulation area. There would also be new washrooms and concession areas.
“It will really be a dramatic change in terms of what it will look like,” he said.
McMahon Stadium, home of the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders, was built in 1960 and was the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies during the 1988 Calgary Olympics.