Stampede Corral is an ice hockey, rodeo, and tennis arena multi-purpose venue in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The arena was completed in 1950 at a cost of C$1.25 million to replace Victoria Arena as the home of the Calgary Stampeders Hockey Club. Seating 6,475, plus standing room, it is used in the annual Calgary Stampede. The Corral was built and is still owned by the Calgary Stampede not-for-profit organization, which leases the underlying land at $1/year from the city of Calgary.
At the time of construction, it was the largest arena in Canada west of
Toronto. It was officially opened on December 15, 1950. The first hockey game was held at the Corral on December 26, as the Stampeders defeated the Edmonton Flyers 5–0 in a Western Canada Senior Hockey League game before a standing-room-only crowd of 8,729.
The Corral has hosted several major events, including the 1972
World Figure Skating Championships, and Figure Skating and ice hockey at the 1988 Winter Olympics. The Corral is also a frequent host for [1 ] Canada's Davis Cup tennis team. Canada is 5–0 all time in the Corral, including a thrilling upset of Brazil, and former #1 player Gustavo Kuerten in 2003. Most recently, Canada defeated Mexico 4–1 in the 2008 tournament.
For years, the Corral played host to special wrestling supershows promoted by
Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling, particularly during the Calgary Stampede. Stampede Wrestling is known for having featured some of the biggest names in pro wrestling history prior to its purchase by World Wrestling Federation in 1984. Some of said stars included Bret Hart, Archie Gouldie, Dan Kroffat and Jake Roberts.
The Corral houses one of the most extensive private sports photo collections in Canada on public display. A significant restoration of this photo collection has recently taken place. The project took over two years to complete at a cost of over $75,000. The original photographs have been removed for preservation in the Calgary Stampede Archives collection. Original captions have been retained for authenticity with some minor corrections.
The Corral is still used year round; notable events include the ENMAX Corral Show which takes place daily during the
Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. [2 ] [3 ] [4 ]
Former tenants [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
1920: Palais de Glace d'Anvers
1924: Stade Olympique de Chamonix
1928: St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink
1932: Olympic Arena (final), Olympic Stadium
1936: Olympia-Kunsteisstadion (final), Riessersee
1948: Kulm, Olympic Stadium (final), Suvretta
1952: Dæhlenenga, Jordal Amfi (final), Kadettangen, Lillestrøm stadion, Marienlyst stadion
1956: Apollonio Stadium, Stadio Olimpico Del Ghiaccio
1960: Blyth Arena (final), Squaw Valley Olympic Skating Rink
1964: Messehalle, Olympiahalle
1968: La Patinoire Municipale, Le Stade de Glace
1972: Makomanai Ice Arena (final), Tsukisamu Indoor Skating Rink
1976: Messehalle, Olympiahalle (final)
1980: Olympic Center
1984: Skenderija II Hall, Zetra Ice Hall (final)
1988: Father David Bauer Olympic Arena, Olympic Saddledome (final), Stampede Corral
1992: Méribel Ice Palace
1994: Gjøvik Olympic Cavern Hall, Håkon Hall (final)
1998: Aqua Wing, Big Hat (final)
2002: E Center (final), Peaks Ice Arena
2006: Palasport Olimpico (final), Torino Esposizioni
2010: Rogers Arena (final), UBC Thunderbird Arena
2014: Bolshoy Ice Dome (final), Shayba Arena
2018: Gangneung Hockey Centre (final), Kwandong Hockey Centre
NOTE: During the Olympic Games, venues that have naming rights sold may not use their name during the Olympic Games.