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Calgary councillors get first look at proposed transformation of McMahon Stadium and Foothills Athletic Park

From a fieldhouse to hotels to tailgating avenues to pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, a Calgary council committee got its first look at proposed redevelopment plans for the Foothills Athletic Park and McMahon Stadium area on Monday. 

Plans include fieldhouse, hotels, shops, residential buildings and revamped stadium

This rendering shows the vision for a transformed McMahon Stadium, surrounded by development and connect to the LRT by a new pedestrian walkway over Crowchild Trail. (City of Calgary )

From a fieldhouse to hotels to tailgating avenues to pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, a Calgary council committee got its first look at proposed redevelopment plans for the Foothills Athletic Park and McMahon Stadium area on Monday. 

The plan would completely overhaul the area, dismantling the existing baseball stadium and replacing it with a long-sought indoor fieldhouse, while McMahon stadium would be completely renovated and surrounded by retail, restaurants, hotels and residential buildings. 

The presentation to the Foothills Athletic Park redevelopment advisory committee calls for a phased approach to the redevelopment, with the first phase including construction of a new fieldhouse on the site of the current Foothills Stadium. 

The concept for the area includes mixed-use buildings, new fields and athletic facilities, including a long-anticipated indoor fieldhouse (in yellow). (City of Calgary)

By the final phases of the long-term plan, the area would be transformed into a dense mixed use area capitalizing on connections with the nearby LRT and university and changing the look and speed of Crowchild Trail. 

City council identified a fieldhouse as one of its infrastructure priorities for Calgary, alongside a redeveloped Arts Commons, a new NHL arena and the BMO Centre expansion. 

It released $19 million in 2019 for planning the new structure, which is estimated to cost $255 million. 

This rendering shows a tailgating avenue adjacent to an open central field as part of the redevelopment plan. (City of Calgary)

The land in question is split almost evenly between the city on the northern half and the University of Calgary on the southern portion, where McMahon is located. 

The university has said in the past that it has no money to contribute to the fieldhouse development. 

There are no estimates on the timeline for the project, or the final costs. 

The proposal will go to more public consultations before coming back to city council in the fall. 

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