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Old 08-06-2019, 09:41 PM   #1
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Default If it was up to you, what should happen to the Saddledome after Event Centre opening?

Team Demolish or Team Repurpose?
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Old 08-06-2019, 09:46 PM   #2
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I’d would love to see it kept but understand why it would need to be demolished. Too much money for a city of Calgary’s size to have to buildings of that size operating. Demolition is the best solution even though it’s sad to see such a unique building go.
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Old 08-06-2019, 09:47 PM   #4
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My choice would be for it to be picked up by a huge helicopter on multiple cable, then flown to Edmonton and dropped on Rogers Center from a height of about 1000 meters when Donald Trump and his entourage are holding a convention in the sweatpants and good shoes capital of Canada.

Hope nobody gets hurt though...

Just a thought...
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repurpose the site into an outdoor amphitheatre/ coke stage
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I wonder what the cost to operate is vs. the Corral. One of them is definitely going to go, but if the cost to demolish and the differential in operating cost vs. the Corral works in the Saddledome's favour, I could see it being re-purposed.
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Old 08-06-2019, 09:55 PM   #7
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I hope no matter what happens, when the new arena is constructed we get to host a major hockey event that happens between the two arena's.

Just think of an epic send off like a world championship in Calgary.
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I wonder what the cost to operate is vs. the Corral. One of them is definitely going to go, but if the cost to demolish and the differential in operating cost vs. the Corral works in the Saddledome's favour, I could see it being re-purposed.
The Corral will be long gone before the new building is even started. The BMO Centre expansion requires the Corral to be demolished. It might survive to see next year's Stampede, but will certainly be gone by 2021.
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Old 08-06-2019, 10:04 PM   #9
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Indoor skate park.

But seriously, it's already been determined that it will be demolished.

Perhaps the new facility will be equally iconic.
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Old 08-06-2019, 10:21 PM   #10
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Demolished, unfortunately. I love the building but I think it would be a real eye sore if it were to be left up.
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Demolish it, make it a memory. Let's move on and use that space for something new and useful.

If not, turn the Saddledome into a gigantic 24/7 paintball arena.
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The loss of the Corral is also unfortunate. The big, iconic neon buckaroo on a horse is a childhood memory. The place had its own patina with its concourse photos and wooden seats.
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It costs sooooo much to keep a structure like the Saddledome upright under the best of circumstances.

The new building is going to be what, less than 500 yards away, give or take? No sense having a gigantic 20,000 seat venue sit abandoned and siphon resources a la the Big O.

I'd like to be there the day they blow it up, that's going to be a sight to behold.
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There wouldn't be enough events to justify the cost of keeping it open. They tried to do it in Edmonton with Northlands and it didn't work.
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Old 08-06-2019, 11:42 PM   #16
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Something like an indoor water park would be fantastic.

However, knowing that there are uncorrectable structural issues, I can’t see it surviving long. If Calgary gets the 2030 olympics, or something like that, it might last until after that event. Other than that it’ll be gone.
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Something like an indoor water park would be fantastic.
Great idea, we already know it can hold water. Throw some slides in there!
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I'd keep the outer structure but demo the inside and rebuild as three full floors.

Top floor: indoor garden. Replace roof with glass. Family friendly.

Second floor: micro restaurants, micro watering holes. Make a bunch of restaurants/lounges that only have seating for 7-15 people. Rent each space out to a different chef, mixologist, or craft Brewer that doesn't have the experience or money to start their own full scale establishment. Create a labrynth of pathways for to get around so it's adventurous for patrons to get around. Each venue has its own vibe, decor, music, etc. Adult only.

First floor: a day and night club called the beach. Fake sunlight. Cabanas. Lounge chairs. Sand. Pool. DJ. Bottle service. Food service. Bars. Beach volley ball courts. Lazy river. Etc. Adult only.
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Demolish.

Put a statue of a hyperbolic parabola on Scotsman’s Hill so we can still make the skyline photos.
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