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Future home of Stampede tent worries nearby residents

Last Updated May 23, 2019 at 7:29 pm MST

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The fate of the Cowboys tent for the Calgary Stampede could be known soon.

City council will be meeting Thursday to decide on a proposal to move the popular venue to an empty lot between 11 and 12 Ave SW, the site of the former Enoch house.

The move, however, is worrying nearby residents, who are concerned about the noise it will bring.

“Residents already deal with a fair amount of sort of rowdy crowds after hockey games and events and even Stampede,” says Peter Oliver, President of the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association. “They have a pretty thick skin, (but) this would take it to a whole new level.”

Some members of City Council have said they’d like to see the tent remain at the Stampede grounds, but with the expansion of the BMO centre, it could be some time until that happens.

Oliver says that many residents moved to the area to be part of a vibrant urban community and having a rowdy party tent nearby doesn’t fit their culture.

“There’s simply no mention of a 45-hundred person Stampede beer tents running until three in the morning as part of this vision for a vibrant urban neighbourhood. It seems kind of at odds with that and that’s kind of where we have been struggling.”

Oliver goes on to say that there’s been no mention of what the benefit would be to the community if they gave the thumbs up to the Cowboys tent

There is no word when an official decision on the tent proposal is expected.