6 Reasons to Host Your Next Event at WinSport

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The event facilities at WinSport are perfect for almost any type of event. From weddings to trade shows, our skilled team can make any vision come to life.

Did you know that the WinSport Event Centre, located at the Markin MacPhail Centre, has more than 15 different spaces ready to activate for any type of event? The facilities are perfect for a conference, trade show, sporting event, wedding, graduation ceremony or holiday party and our skilled event team is excited to work with you to knock your next occasion out of the park. Here are six reasons why you should consider hosting your next event at WinSport:

Versatile Spaces

From large multi-purpose rooms to festival tents, there is a perfect space for any occasion ready to be activated at WinSport. With capacity in its various spaces ranging from 16 people in a 400 sq. ft. viewing room to almost 3,000 people in the 20,000 sq. ft. WinSport Event Centre and everything in between, the possibilities are endless.

The WinSport Event Centre is a large space that can be used for many different types of events. With a seating capacity of 2,940 in the stands surrounding the ice surface or 1,300 on the event-decking floor, this place is perfect for a large banquet, concert, conference or; of course, a sporting event.


 Pictured above is the WinSport Event Centre. Fun fact: The event centre recently hosted the Scotties Tournament of Hearts (curling) and the Harlem Globetrotters World Tour.


The Legacy Rooms, located on the second floor of the event centre, are three divided rooms that can be rented individually or opened up into one large event space. With floor to ceiling windows and exposed beams, the airy atmosphere brings a positive energy and is a great option for a wedding, conference or large meeting. Capacity in this space ranges from 150-500 people seated at round tables or 200-600 people seated theatre style, depending how many of the three sections are rented.

The four Paskapoo Rooms, overlooking the WinSport Event Centre, can also be rented in sections depending on the size and needs of your event. With a capacity ranging from 60-280 people at round tables and 90-360 seated theatre style, this space is great for a professional event, trade show or gala.

Other unique event spaces available for rent at WinSport include the Hockey House Lounge, Joan Snyder Arena, Festival Tent and WinSport Plaza. Visit this link for the full venue guide.


Pictured above is the Joan Snyder Arena set for a banquet event with live entertainment. This space can seat 750 people on the floor.


World Class In-House Catering

The culinary team at WinSport proudly takes catering to the next level with its top-notch offerings prepared in-house. The catering menu offers a wide variety of options to choose from to perfectly suit any type of event. From breakfast to hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinners to chef attended stations, the WinSport catering team can deliver on anything you need for your event and can accommodate any dietary restrictions your guests might require.


Pictured above is an elaborate dessert bar prepared by the WinSport culinary team.

Even better, WinSport has a commitment to sustainability and is part of the KidSport community recycle program - meaning that all bottles and cans are donated to KidSport, supporting their mission of providing access to organized sports to kids. WinSport also takes pride in purchasing supplies and ingredients that have the least impact on the environment.


Convenient Location

Formerly known as Canada Olympic Park, the site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, WinSport is located on the west side of Calgary along Highway 1 just east of Stoney Trail.  A convenient location with close proximity to major roadways, WinSport is more accessible than many other event destinations in the city. Just 20 minutes from downtown, 30 minutes from the Calgary International Airport and 60 minutes from Banff National Park, WinSport is an ideal location for any in or out of town guests.

Unlike many event facilities in the city, WinSport offers hosts and their guests ample, free parking, making getting to the event and parking your vehicle simple and stress-free

There are multiple hotels located within minutes of WinSport, perfect for any out-of-town guests. The Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary West and Four Points by Sheraton are located just 5 minutes away and have close working relationships with WinSport, making shuttle transportation to and from the facility simple.


Thoughtfully-Designed Spaces

The WinSport Event Centre was thoughtfully designed with bright airy spaces offering ample natural light and a great atmosphere thanks to its exposed wooden beams and other high-end design elements. High ceilings and simple finishes allow for a myriad of decor opportunities when planning your next event.

In addition, event spaces at WinSport are wheelchair accessible with large elevators, accessible washroom facilities and wide doorways.


Pictured above are the floor to ceiling windows in the Legacy Rooms at WinSport. Included in all event rentals are tables, chairs, buffet tables, linens, glassware, dinnerware, set up and tear down.


On-Site Activities

Arguably the most unique aspect of the WinSport Event Facility are the many on-site activities being offered, making it easy to add more fun to your event. WinSport offers downhill skiing and snowboarding, ice skating and tubing in the winter. Also,  event hosts can add use of the Ice House, the original bobsled track built for the 1988 Olympic Games to their event. A great team-building activity for smaller groups.


Pictured above is the Ice House, the original bobsled track that can be rented as a team building activity and added onto events at WinSport.

In the summer, activities available at WinSport include downhill karting on the Skyline luge track, mini golf and mountain biking.


Supporting a Non-Profit Organization

The final reason why you should book your next event at WinSport is because by doing so, you are supporting a local non-profit organization. Proceeds from events at WinSport go towards continuing the mission of supporting Canadian high-performance winter athletes train in world-class facilities.

Are you a non-profit organization looking for event space? WinSport offers all non-profits a no-GST discount, making WinSport the perfect choice for your next professional event, conference, gala, meeting space, holiday party or fundraising event.

If you would like to inquire about hosting an event at WinSport, contact our amazing sales team at  [email protected]