Much of Alberta's history took place "in the saddle," a fact that's reflected in the saddle-shaped architecture of the province's premiere sports facility. It's a design that's perfect for the city that hosts the annual Calgary Stampede, a gargantuan rodeo that's hailed as the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth."
With its flowing concave roof, the Pengrowth Saddledome has reduced its interior volume by more than 30% compared to conventional coliseums to create an atmosphere that is surprisingly intimate for a 20,000- seat facility.
Built as the home for the Calgary Flames, a national hockey team, and to host the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, the Pengrowth Saddledome was the first major arena in North America to provide a hockey ice rink to meet international standards.
Today, this award-winning building is the hallmark of Calgary. As a significant venue for concerts and other cultural events, the Pengrowth Saddledome stands as an important guardian of Canadian culture preserving its western roots while nurturing its evolution into the future.
Face Value: 20 dollars
Composition: 99.99% silver
Weight (g): 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
Third photographic hologram coin in this Architectural Treasures collection following the 2006 Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal and the 2006 CN Tower
Maroon display case with an insert which houses the coin. Protected by a black beauty box.