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The Olympic Oval at the University of Calgary is an incredible organization. Partner with us and take advantage of all The Fastest Ice in the World™ has to offer.
The Olympic Oval is the premier Winter Olympic legacy facility from the 1988 Winter Olympic Games and part of the University of Calgary's Faculty of Kinesiology. The facility provides for several local, national, and international stakeholders and is home to high-performance athletes, world-class high-performance program areas, and excellent research. The Oval offers a dynamic environment for Faculty of Kinesiology programs, including Dinos Athletics, Active Living, and faculty courses and research initiatives. The Olympic Oval brings international recognition to the University of Calgary by hosting major world-class international events, Olympic athletes' training, and the ongoing development of high-performance programs. Additionally, the Olympic Oval contributes to and is recognized locally as a significant part of the Calgary community providing public skating, events and bookable space for various public user groups and entities.
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The Olympic Oval is a world-class speed skating and high-performance sports facility dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and health and wellness for all.
Together with our partners, we will drive the mission of Canadian athlete podium performances.
Quality, Passion, Respect, Honesty, and Enjoyment.
Empower all to achieve excellence.
- A host of World Cup and World Championship level speed skating events
- National Training Centre for Speed Skating Canada’s long track team
- Home of the Olympic Oval Elite Athlete Pathway speed skating program
- Training venue for Olympic track and field athletes
- Home training ice for Dinos Women’s Hockey Team
- Home training centre for 14 additional Dinos varsity athletic teams
- Home ice of Active Living’s Learn-to-Skate and Power Skating programs
- A host of major UCalgary events like Skate with Santa, Convocation, and UCalgary Strong
- Servus Credit Union Free Family Day Skate
- Servus Toonie Monday Night Skates
- Public Skating
- Indoor Running
- Hockey and Group Ice Bookings
- Home of Calgary Speed Skating Association (CSSA)
The Olympic Oval is rich with history and an incredible Olympic legacy.
- Over 400,000 people come and go through the Oval every year
- Over 36,000 people enjoyed public skating in the 2019/2020 season
- Over 27,000 major event guests enjoyed the facility for the 2019/2020 season
- Over 1,700 runners enjoyed the facility for the 2019/2020 season
- The Oval program (now called the Elite Athlete Pathway) started shortly after the ‘88 games and currently has 106 athletes
- The Olympic Oval as a facility has produced 38 Olympic Medals since the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games - more than any other training facility in the world
- The Oval is currently partnered with 26 sponsor, legacy, and sport groups & organizations
- On September 30, 1981, Calgary won the bid to host the 1988 Olympic Winter Games
- The Olympic Oval opened on September 27, 1987
- The 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games held February 13-28, 1988
- In 1992, short track became a part of the Oval Program
- The Oval celebrated its 25th Anniversary on September 27, 2012
- 88% of guests view the Oval as a great or exceptional place to visit
- 62% of guests come to the Olympic Oval for public skating
- 23% of guests come to the Olympic Oval for speed skating competitions
- The Olympic Oval's Skate Shop had a 64% increase in online visits last season
- 71% of Oval website visitors are repeat visitors
- 86% of visitors to the Olympic Oval are Canadian
The Olympic Oval has some very interesting user demographics.
- 59% of users are female
- 41% of users are male
- 12-17 (0.4%)
- 18-24 (22%)
- 25-34 (15%)
- 35-44 (22%)
- 45-54 (19%)
- 55-64 (11%)
- 65-74% (0.3%)
- 75+ (0.4%)
- Over 1,300 athletes train at the Olympic Oval
- Athletes come from 30 countries to train at the Olympic Oval
- 38% of athletes are international athletes
- The largest contingent of international athletes come from China
- 14% of web visitors are international
- Olympic Oval staff speak over 10 languages
- 290 Canadian Athletes
- 504 International Athletes
- 579 Varsity Athletes
- 1,700 Learn to Skate Participants
- 848 Rec Hockey Players
- 102 Figure Skaters
- 1,700 Public runners/walkers
- 203 Club Track and Field Athletes
- 3,868 School Groups
- 30 Olympic Weight Lifters
- 168,814 Visits to Main Page
- 35,000 Visits to Public Skating Page
- 28,000 Visits to Competition Page
- 18,300 Visits to Skate Shop Online
Team and/or Program Sponsorship
The Olympic Oval has provided high-performance coaching and training to long and short track speed skaters for nearly three decades. Speed skating programs were established shortly after the 1988 Winter Olympics when a need for high-level coaching – of both Canadian and international athletes – was identified. Since that time, the Olympic Oval’s short and long track programs, known as the Olympic Oval Elite Athlete Pathway, have grown to more than 150 athletes and employ more than 10-speed skating coaches. Olympic Oval Elite Athlete Pathway program athletes range in performance from the provincial to national team levels. In this program, athletes have had tremendous success in setting world records, winning medals at Olympics, World Championships, World Cups, and qualifying for national teams.
- Skin suits
- Athlete Welcome Package Gift Bag
- Product placement sampling
- Athlete on the Edge Video Series
- 76 Skaters in the program (Long Track)
- 30 Skaters in the program (Short Track)
- 61 Drop-in Athletes
- 25 Competitions per year
- 30 Competition locations
- 2500 Attendees in person
World Class Speed Skating Competitions
The Olympic Oval hosts speed skating competitions virtually every weekend from September through March. These events give skaters from across Canada and around the globe a chance to compete in a high-performance environment and achieve personal bests. These competitions also bring everyone together to foster a strong speed skating community in which athletes, officials, and volunteers build memories and share achievements. The Olympic Oval is known for being the Fastest Ice in the World™ and the home of many speed skating world records. All competitions are live-streamed and archived on the Olympic Oval YouTube channel for future viewing, extending our partners' reach.
A variety of opportunities exist for partners to get involved through our world-renowned competitions:
Brand recognition through the following channels:
- Official title/name of the competition, e.g. “The Company Name Grand Prix.”
- All communications to athletes, officials, volunteers and staff
- Olympic Oval Competition Website
- Live webcast feed
- YouTube channel archive
- Digital in-building signage
- Retractable banner in the entryway (at the partner’s cost)
- Rink banner(s) (at the partner’s cost)
- Opportunity to host an information/ promotional booth
- Opportunity to provide prizing to race winners, participants, and fans
- In-Ice Logo (available in both long andshort track surfaces)
- Promotional Booth
Opportunity for announcer mentions produced video to be played in the building, and posts to be shared widely on social media channels with every world record set on The Fastest Ice in the World™.
*available at ISU World Cup and World Championship level events
- Title Sponsorship
- Preferred Supplier (beer, coffee, etc.)
- Corporate hosting package
Athlete on the Edge Video Series
With the addition of a dedicated full-time video producer last season, the Olympic Oval significantly increased its video content, allowing for more and better storytelling of our facility, athletes, and partners. The Olympic Oval YouTube channel also experienced a 20% increase in subscribers, bringing the current total to more than 2,500. The Athlete on the Edge is a monthly video series that highlights Oval Elite Athlete Pathway skaters and their accomplishments. Six dedicated athletes, nominated by their peers, were selected to be featured in the 2019-20 series, garnering an impressive 6,203 cumulative views.
- 1,107 Views Oct. 10, 2019 | Brendan Yamada
- 1,815 Views Nov. 28, 2019 | Anders Johnson
- 1,817 Views Nov. 28, 2019 | Hee-Won Son
- 668 Views Jan. 29, 2020 | Abbey Young
- 512 Views Feb. 28, 2020 | Ashley Hannah
- 682 Views Mar. 18, 2020 | Wren Acorn
Oval Elite Pathway skater Anders Johnson
School of Speed
The SCHOOL OF SPEED is a community program designed to provide elementary and middle-school students with a unique field trip experience and introduce a broader audience to speed skating. With ongoing exposure to this lively and impressive sport, we hope to generate excitement outside of Olympic years where spectatorship tends to rise. We inspire youth to give speed skating a try, with the ultimate goal of increasing membership in the Calgary area – feeding the pipeline of the Olympic Oval Elite Athlete Pathway and the next generation of Olympians.
The SCHOOL OF SPEED program works with local schools and community organizations. It provides transportation to and from the Olympic Oval so students/ participants can watch a national or international speed skating competition.
- Complimentary transportation to and from local school/contact point to the Olympic Oval
- Complimentary tickets for all students/ participants and all accompanying supervisors
- Value-added learning materials to engage students/participants in cheering for an assigned country
- Event gift bags with souvenirs, prizes, and other promotional items
- Exclusive naming rights to the “Your Company Name School of Speed”
- Brand recognition on all program communication materials
- Branding on and opportunity to provide all or some contents of gift bags
- Web, social media, and in-venue promotion
- 1,500 - Average # of students in School of Speed
- 25 - The number of schools that have participated to date
- 12 - Average age of School of Speed participants
Public Skating / Indoor Running
The Oval’s world-famous Fastest Ice in the World™ is open for public drop-in skating (September through March). Noon-hour offerings are primarily enjoyed by University of Calgary students, faculty, and staff. On evenings and weekends, members of the greater Calgary community – including couples and families enjoy the ice.
For the last several years, we have offered a Monday night “Toonie Skate” during our regular season. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., guests can skate for just $2. The Calgary community attends this popular offering sponsored by Servus Credit Union.
These premier community engagement opportunities are promoted widely through our channels and advertised regularly on Calgary radio. They also provide regular re-enforced co-branding throughout the entire season, with options to activate weekly.
- Guests entering the Olympic Oval will pass by your stand-out branding, but so will the many people who enter our building to access the University of Calgary’s Fitness Centre, Gymnastics Centre, and Dinos games, among other on-campus venues and events.
- 36,000 Public Skaters last season
The Olympic Oval hosts two camps, Summer Speed and Masters Speed, as part of the University of Calgary's impressive summer camp offerings. Summer Speed is a week-long day camp geared towards club level speed skaters. It is an opportunity to develop their skills and challenge themselves to taste the Oval Elite Athlete Pathway training program. This camp, which offers sessions in both long and short track and dryland training, is led by current Pathway coaches and senior-level athletes, and young skaters come from all over Canada to participate. Participants experience actual high-performance training as the week caps off with a small competition. The Masters Speed camp runs concurrently to Summer Speed each year and offers masters-level skaters the same unique experience.
- Title Sponsorship (Includes wide promotion to speed skating clubs across Canada)
- Lunch Sponsor
- Activity Sponsor
- Seminar Sponsor
- Gift Bag Sponsor
- Opportunity to provide promotional items for inclusion in gift bag
- Opportunity to host a promotional booth onsite during drop-off/pick-up
- 90 - Summer Speed 2019 Participants
- 00 - Age range of Summer Speed participants
- 17 - The number of Masters Speed participants
As part of upholding the legacy of the 1988 Olympic Games, the Olympic Oval is a community hub for active living and a place for family memories.
With the campus back bustling with its 30,000+ students and 5,000+ faculty and staff, Fall Open House is designed to generate awareness and excitement about the Oval – an on-campus asset and a legacy of the 1988 Olympic Games. In addition to the UCalgary community, this event is open to the public and will showcase the Oval as a community facility, promoting our public skating and learn to skate programs. Guests will be invited in for free public skating and partners can host kiosks and other interactive activations to engage with this audience during this exciting time of year.
Every year, the Olympic Oval hosts its annual holiday skating party. Skating is offered to the public at a discounted rate, holiday tunes are played throughout the building, and non-perishable food donations are collected to support those in need over the holidays. This incredibly popular UCalgary Alumni event is one of the group’s largest with 3,000 to 5,000 people in attendance each year. Santa Claus, of course, makes his annual appearance on skates, and friends like Rex Dino often crash the party on the Fastest Ice in the World.
Ever since it was declared a holiday in Alberta, the Olympic Oval has been opening its doors on Family Day, providing the Calgary community with the gift of free skating. This event welcomes thousands of people to the Olympic Oval, with our largest event hosting more than 4,000 people.
- 3,300 - The number of Family Day 2019 Attendees
- 1,000 - The number of Christmas Skate Attendees
- 500 - The number of Open House Attendees
ISU World Cup Speed Skating VIP Hosting
The Olympic Oval plays host to several competitions each year, including those at the international level. As part of every ISU World Cup and World Championship level event is a VIP guest lounge. This lounge is open for the entire competition and provides partners with an opportunity to invite clients, staff, or guests to watch the world’s best speed skaters in a comfortable environment that facilitates conversation, connections, and shared encouragement for the Canadian speed skaters who call the Oval home. The guest lounge features refreshments and a host bar.
Packages can be customized to suit your business’s needs and contain lounge passes and general admission tickets for the competition.
Corporate Bookings and Events
Between speed skating seasons – in April and May each year – the Olympic Oval’s ice is removed, creating a massive unobstructed event space. With its clear span roof design and over 150,000 ft2 of event space, it is a premier indoor venue for a variety of events.
- Sporting events
- Trade shows
- U16 Alberta Volleyball Championships
- Calgary Youth Science Fair
- Western Canada Robotics Championships
- Rick Hansen Torch Relay
- Cassie Campbell Street Hockey Festival
- Driven Car Show
- Canadian National Judo Championships
- Canadian National Taekwondo Championships
- Alberta Provincial Roller Derby Championships
- Portable Bleacher Seats: 1,584 (22 sections of 72 seats)
- Permanent Bleacher Seats: 2,000
- Meeting Rooms: Oval Lounge – 65 seated/150 standing
- Oval Board Room: 65 seated/150 standing
- Oval 3rd Floor Observation Deck: 200 seated/standing
- Concrete: 128,700 ft2
- Rubberized running track: 450m • Rubberized sprint pads: 8 x 110m
- Total space: 150,700 ft2
- Floor space Width: 80.53m
- Floor Space Length: 186.53m
- Loading Dock: 10’2” x 16’5”
- Lowest Ceiling Clearance: 57’ high
- Maximum Ceiling Clearance: 75’ high
Oval Lounge and Boardroom
Designed and built for the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games, the Olympic Oval has an alluring and spacious lounge and board room combination. Its original intent was a hosting space where Olympic and University of Calgary dignitaries could watch races while also mingling amongst themselves. This space remains its primary purpose during major international competitions that still occur annually at this Olympic legacy facility. In addition to these World Cup and World Championship level events, the Olympic Oval also hosts other thirty-plus competitions per year. Some at the national level, but several even at the international level.
Book your unique event experience with the Olympic Oval and take advantage of our beautiful space that allows your organization to gather privately while taking in a top-level sporting event. The event space boasts one 60” and two 32” LCD televisions with HDMI adapters for use with any computer, built-in countertops, fridges for foodservice use, and abundant windows with views to both the outdoors and the ice.
If you would prefer to try speed skating instead of watching it, you can also book our lounge or board room during a weeknight public skating session. Corporate skating event packages include room rental and skating admission and skate and helmet rental for all attendees to enjoy The Fastest Ice in the World™.
Are you looking to add additional value to your event program? Book an athlete to speak at your event! Our Oval Elite Athlete Pathway athletes are fabulous speakers and love to share their stories. Inspire your staff, clients, or guests with a motivational talk or panel discussion with our elite level speed skaters.
Print and Digital Media
- Zamboni wrap
- Entrance lobby pillar wrap
- Rink banners
- Retractable banners
- Visiting Team Welcome Kit
- Drop-In Training Brochure
- Public Skating Schedules
- Competition Calendar/Schedule
- Skating Passes
- Custom co-branded promotional materials
Video boards Include more information on these if possible
- Static slide played during sponsor loop
- Animated slide played during sponsor loop
- Video with audio played during sponsor loop
- Guest Relations Desk in high -traffic public lobby
- Main hallway – above stairwell Olympic Oval Lounge (6 screens)
- Skate Shop
- Stretching Area
- Logo included on sponsor page with link to your website
- Dedicated sponsor page with customized promotional offer
Video Replay – Training
- Short Track Training Channel
- Long Track Training Channel
We would be pleased to create a custom-tailored partnership package designed to meet your organization’s marketing needs and budget.
Contact David Vink
Marketing & Corporate Events Specialist
Office (403) 220-5190
Cell (403) 909-0929
A Fantastic Partner
The Oval is a fantastic place for many of my clients. With the rooms, spaces, balconies and a massive ice skating surface, it checks off the boxes for so many of my clients. I keep coming back.
Owner and Lead Designer, LP Events