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History of Calgary – Then & Now – 1988 vs. 2026

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1988 Winter Olympic Games

1988 is one of the most unforgettable years in Calgary’s history. It was also one of the most influential on cityscapes for years to come.

As host to the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, Calgary made sure it had the facilities necessary to host the prestigious event. The facilities that were built for the Olympics, like the Saddledome and Olympic Oval, for example, would one day become some of the most important athletic hubs in the city – if not the country – where athletes from all over Canada would train year-round.

Today, such venues are long-standing landmarks that have engrained a deeply-rooted competitiveness in the local community and continue to serve athletes of all skill levels in all types of sports for both training and competitive play.

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2026 Winter Olympic Games Bid

The City of Calgary is quite familiar with the long-lasting benefits of hosting a prestigious event like the Winter Olympic Games. But first, it’s always important to determine whether or not the benefits of hosting such an event outweigh the costs.

A feasibility study is currently being conducted by the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee (CBEC) to determine whether or not the city should participate in the formal bidding process with the International Olympic Committee in attempt to host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. An official recommendation is to be made by CBEC to City Council by July of 2017.

An accepted bid could see the construction of some major venues like a new multi-sport arena, a requirement for the international event that has seen the number of sports and athletes involved in it double since 1988.

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