17 Avenue SW (Calgary)

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17 Avenue SW
Maintained by City of Calgary
Length 12.5 km (7.8 mi)
Location Calgary
East end Macleod Trail
Crowchild Trail
Sarcee Trail
West end Township Road 242

17 Avenue SW is a major east-west arterial road in the south-west quadrant of the city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Between the Calgary Stampede Grounds and 14 Street SW, it is a commercial street, with bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops, which has been designated a Business Revitalization Zone. Officially named 17th ave Retail and Entertainment District, more information can be found here www.17thave.ca

From 14th Street to Sarcee Trail, it is flanked by a mix of residential and commercial space, with small strip malls and denser commercial developments in the Westbrook Mall area. West of Sarcee Trail it runs through suburban neighbourhoods and acreages, by Rundle College and Westside Recreation Centre.

The west extension of the C-Train light rail transit system (under construction as of 2009) runs along 17 Avenue west of 33 Street SW, as does the rapid bus transit.

Red Mile[edit]

Typical celebration along the Red Mile
Main article: Red Mile

17th Avenue was nicknamed the "Red Mile" in 2004 during the playoff run of Calgary's NHL team, the Calgary Flames. During this time, it was not uncommon to see over 100,000 fans crowding the street and its bars and pubs on game nights.[citation needed] The street also "dead-ends" at the Stampede Grounds on its east side and is thus central to the party-like atmosphere that overtakes the city during the Calgary Stampede festival.[citation needed]

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