History

The CFL’s Calgary Stampeders play their home games at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta. The 35,400-seat stadium opened in 1960 and cost C$1.05 million. McMahon Stadium is named after Frank and George McMahon who donated $300,000 towards the venue’s construction.

McMahon Stadium opened as a 22,00-seat facility but has been expanded several times to get to today’s capacity of 35,400. In addition to expansions that took place from 1960 to 1988, luxury boxes were added to the stadium between 2001 and 2005. The facility’s playing surface has also been changed several times over the years, and today McMahon Stadium is home to a FieldTurf artificial surface.

McMahon Stadium hosted its first Stampeders game on August 15, 1960, when the Blue Bombers defeated Calgary 38-20, and since then the stadium has hosted many memorable events. The stadium hosted 1975, 1993, 2000, and 2009 Grey Cup game as well as the 1972 and 1978 CFL All-Star Games. Outside of CFL football, the stadium was the site of the 1988 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies as well as the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic between the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens.

Historic Events