Talisman Centre

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Talisman Centre
Location 2225 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates 51°02′04″N 114°03′48″W / 51.03444°N 114.06333°W / 51.03444; -114.06333
Owner City of Calgary, Canada
Operator Lindsay Park Sports Society
Opened September 1983

2004 two new annexes built: Dr.Neville Lindsay Building and Calgary Foundation Training pool.

2010-2011 roof replacement and facility upgrades
Construction cost $24.7 million
Architect Paul Merrick of Chandler Kennedy Architectural Group
Structural engineer Geiger Berger Associates (original roof)
Geiger Engineers (new roof)
General contractor Pigott Construction Western
Total Cardiology
Lifemark Physiotherapy
Jugo Juice
Good Earth

Talisman Centre, formerly known as the Lindsay Park Sports Centre, is a multi-sports complex in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The name of the facility was changed in March 2002, after the City of Calgary sold the naming rights for 10 million dollars to Talisman Energy for 20 years.

Talisman Centre operates under a dual mandate as directed by The City of Calgary to support both Members and Sport Partner Athletes. ◾To provide training and competition facilities and services for the development of Calgary's high performance athletes in their respective dryland and aquatic sports. ◾To provide facilities, programs and services for the wellness and recreational sporting needs of the citizens of Calgary.

The complex attracts over 1.8 million visitors annually. With the major expansion in 2004, the capacity has increased to 3.5 million visitors annually. It is one of the largest multi-sports complex of its kind in North America. The Centre opens from 5AM to 11PM Mondays to Fridays, every day of the year except Christmas Day. On weekends, The Centre is open from 6AM to 10PM.

The complex itself is run by the non-profit Lindsay Park Sports Society, a 13-member board and Civic Partner of the City of Calgary. More info on the LPSS can be found here: http://www.talismancentre.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13&Itemid=125

Talisman Centre has been one of Calgary's most iconic and beloved facilities for over 30 years located in the heart of downtown and set in the middle of beautiful Lindsay Park. Talisman Centre provides elite and amateur athletes with an inclusive atmosphere and wide spectrum of world‐class training services. It continues to serve as the training facility for many of Canada’s Olympic, Paralympic and World Champion athletes.

Original structure[edit]

Talisman Centre and Elbow Valley

The structure itself was built in 1983 for the Western Canada Summer Games. The white inverted v-shaped roof, comprises a steel arch spine with a concrete perimeter. The skin of the roof is a Teflon-coated fibreglass outer skin, that achieves 4% transparency reducing the need for artificial light. The original project cost was $24.7 million. The original facility was opened as 130,000 square feet (12,000 m2) area.[1]

The facility was built at the same time as the Scotiabank Saddledome which is just across Macleod Trail. The project site (between the neighbourhood of Mission and Erlton) was chosen because of easy access to the C-Train that began operation in 1981, and access to the Elbow River pathway.

Talisman Centre is located in Calgary
Talisman Centre
Talisman Centre location in Calgary

Major Expansion in 2003-2004[edit]

In 2004, Talisman Centre celebrates the completion of the $24 million expansion. The new Fitness Centre is named, Dr. Neville Lindsay Sport Wellness Centre, to commemorate and honour Calgary's first doctor and legendary pioneer who owned the land upon which the facility sits. The new Aquatic Centre is named, The Calgary Foundation Aquaplex, to recognize and celebrate the contributions of The Calgary Foundation through a major gift from an anonymous donor.

The facility holds sporting events both professional and amateur, and all facilities are open to the public. Talisman Centre hosts many regional, national and international competitions in water polo, synchronized swimming, swimming, diving, track, basketball and other sports.

On-going expansions[edit]

The Talisman Centre has had a few controversies over the years. One was surveillance cameras in sensitive areas, such as change rooms. The presence of cameras throughout the facility was included in the privacy policy.[2] The complex also came under fire when the naming rights were sold to Talisman energy, some lobby groups claim the oil company is responsible for funding atrocities in Sudan when it primarily did business in the country. These controversies never made an impact on attendance or operations.

Other nearby sports facilities in the area are the Stampede Corral, Scotiabank Saddledome and Stampede Park Grandstand, and Shaw Millennium Park.

2013-2014 Facility Improvements[edit]

2013 – Talisman Centre is forced to evacuate and close entire facility on June 20 as one of the worst natural disasters in Alberta's history, the June Flood, hits Calgary.

The flood caused close to 10 million in damages including; restoration, repairs and in most cases brand new equipment was brought in to replace flood infected air ducts, and beyond repair mechanical machinery and electrical equipment. As well, administrative files and other program gear was damaged along with numerous fitness machines broken down from the lack of air flow during the closure. Talisman Centre is continuing to work with The City of Calgary and its Insurance Company to replace all items, with new fitness and cardio equipment arriving by the end of the year.

New lower level activity spaces include: Multi-Sport 1 Studio, Multi-sport 2 Studio, and Strength & Balance (Yoga & Pilates) Studio.

Roof Replacement[edit]

The original tensile roof on the Talisman Centre was constructed in 1983 and remained in service longer than anticipated. After a two-year review regarding options for the existing roof, the City Council approved funding for a new-and-improved roof system. While maintaining the original roof’s iconic profile, the new roof system made use of state-of-the-art materials, such as Nanogel,[3] thus providing better insulation and energy efficiency while also allowing a significant amount of light to filter into the building's interior.[4][5] 2010 – In March, the tented portion of the facility is closed for the replacement of its iconic roof and many facility upgrades. The $44.5 million project was a joint initiative between The City of Calgary, The Government of Canada and Talisman Energy. The new roof was completed in 2011 and is expected to last 30-plus years.


  1. ^ Alberta Association of Architects - Information on Construction of the Talisman Centre
  2. ^ Talisman Centre - Privacy Policy
  3. ^ Wikipedia article - Nanogel
  4. ^ Canadian Consulting Engineer Magazine - Talisman Centre in Calgary Renovated with Gel Roof
  5. ^ Birdair Project Gallery

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