The new amenity to support indoor sports is an air-supported structure that has no interior columns or beams and is formed by maintaining internal air pressure. The dome will be inflated annually from approximately November to May and will allow sports like flag football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and more to use the artificial turf field all year. The seasonality of the dome allows flexibility for all-season use while also taking advantage of the preferred outdoor atmosphere when seasons allow.
Funding for the $8.5 million project came from the Government of Alberta’s Municipal Stimulus Program, the Dome Facilities Association (DFA) and The City of Calgary. The dome increases the number of ways Calgarians can stay active during the cold, winter months at a fraction of the cost required to build a permanent structure.
Exciting day for us as we officially launched the Shouldice Seasonal Dome with our partners,@cityofcalgary,Greater Calgary Amateur Football and @cmsasoccer This space allows for continued growth of the game indoors. We look forward to working with our partners on & off the pitch! pic.twitter.com/UloR26q9C0— 🇨🇦 Calgary Blizzard SC 🇨🇦 (@BlizzardSoccer_) October 20, 2022
This project was developed in partnership with the DFA and spearheaded by the sport community, including the Greater Calgary Amateur Football Association, Calgary Minor Soccer Association and the Calgary Blizzard Soccer Club.
“We’re proud to be part of this exciting project that will allow us to offer more sport opportunities for Calgarians,” said Greg Peterson, President of the Greater Calgary Amateur Football Association and the DFA. “Encana Field has been a great space for us, and this dome takes it to the next level.”
Booking information: calgary.ca/recreation.