BidCo unveils 2026 Games venue photos
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BidCo unveils 2026 Games venue photos

Last Updated Nov 9, 2018 at 1:12 pm MDT

An artist's rendering of a refurbished McMahon Stadium in Calgary is seen in this handout image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Calgary 2026 Bid Corporation *MANDATORY CREDIT*

CALGARY (660 NEWS)– The Calgary 2026 Bid Corporation unveiled what existing venues could look like with shiny new upgrades if the city is awarded the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The corporation has major renewals plans for the 1988 Olympic facilities, bringing the venues up to a modern standard of hosting international events and will allow for continuous use of the infrastructure.

Fergal Duff, Calgary 2026 Director, Venues, Villages and Capital Infrastructure says the upgrades focus on 11 existing venues and three training facilities.

“Our budget is over $950 million towards our sports venues and facilities in the city. Our focus is on improving accessibility, movement of people and enhancing the experience of both players and spectators.”

In the plans the BMO Centre would also receive upgrades, BidCo says that would strengthen the city’s opportunities to host major conferences and events.

Duff adds that the upgrades will extend the legacy of the venues.

“We believe in the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as a catalyst that can stimulate transformation and rejuvenation, not just of our facilities but of our city as a whole.”

The final voting day for the Olympic plebiscite is Tuesday.