Originally called the Round-up Centre, this $21 million building has undergone two major expansions since it was first opened in 1981. The Palomino Ballroom and Hall D were added in May 2000 and meeting rooms and Hall E were added in 2009.
Not only is BMO Centre the largest venue space in Calgary, it also has the only in-house special events team to coordinate banquets, speaking engagements and trade shows hosted year-round. Its five exhibit halls include: the Boyce Theatre, which seats up to 500 people and is used for theatrical productions, small concerts, and lectures; and the Palomino, Quarter Horse, Arabian, and Mustang rooms, used for wedding receptions, gala events and luncheons.
The Stampede Market at BMO Centre offers about 13,900 square metres of shopping from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Here visitors can enter the Stampede Lotteries to win a dream car, luxury home or limited edition Stampede Packs made up of a $100 worth of goodies and coupons. For a taste of western art and culture, the cool Western Oasis located in Halls D and E offers nature-inspired art, photography, wine tasting and cooking demonstrations. This year, visitors can watch surfing demonstrations or try the sport first hand on the Flow Rider Surf Simulator at The Beach!