A Landmark Takes Shape
This Calgary landmark is more than home field for the University of Calgary Dinos. It’s also home for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, the Calgary Colts of the Canadian Junior Football League, and the Calgary Gators and Calgary Wolfpack of the Alberta Football League. The 1975, 1993, 2000 and 2009 Grey Cup games were played on its turf.
In addition to professional and amateur football, a wide range of other sports and cultural events are held here. Most notably, it served as Olympic Stadium during the 1988 Winter Games, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies. In 2011, the stadium was transformed into an outdoor NHL rink for the Heritage Classic, which saw the Calgary Flames defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4–0.
World-class concert acts ranging from the Beach Boys to Sarah McLachlan to Ozzy Osbourne have taken the stage at McMahon Stadium, and in 1990, it played host to a visit from Queen Elizabeth II. 2013 saw the stadium used as a staging ground for flood relief, serving as a venue for an aid concert featuring a lineup of Canadian stars, and as a muster point for volunteers helping with cleanup.
Originally financed by donations and backing from brothers George and Frank McMahon, Calgary businessmen for whom the stadium was named, the facility and lands passed into UCalgary ownership in 1985. From its construction to its numerous expansions to its ever-shifting roles in the community, McMahon Stadium is a cornerstone that binds Calgary and its university together.