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The Pengrowth Saddledome is located in the heart of Calgary, Alberta, Canada on the Stampede grounds.
In 1980 the City of Calgary needed a multi-purpose sports facility. The City of Calgary was awarded the 1988 Winter Olympics and the arrival of the new NHL franchise the Calgary Flames warranted the need for this facility. The Saddldome foundation was founded with the resbonsibility of overseeing construction of the Saddledome. The construction progressed very quickly and just three years later in 1983 the doors to the Olympic Saddledome were opened. During the 1988 Olympics figure skating and hockey were hosted at the Olympic Saddledome. In 1994 the Olympic Saddledome underwent major rennovations costing 34 million CAD. When rennovations were finished the Olympic Saddledome was reopened with the new name the Pengrowth Saddledome. Today the Pengrowth Saddledome is home to the Calgary Flames and continues to be the prime professional sport facility in Calgary. It also is home to Laccrosse team the Calgary Roughnecks, Western Hockey League team the Calgary Hitmen and also numerous concerts and events in Calgary are hosted at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
The Saddledome has a signiture saddle roof design as a tribute to Calgary's western heritage and history. The design of the Saddledome allows fans to be closer to the action, the furthest seats from the rink are still only about 60.9 meters away from the action. The roof is suspended by large high strength steel cables which makes the need for supporting obstructive pillars obsolete. Depending on how the seating arrangement in the Saddledome is configured the seating capacity is from 19,289 to 21,000 spectators. This makes it the sixth largest arena in the NHL.