Calgary Reins in Stampede 2020 Due to COVID-19

Calgary Reins in Stampede 2020 Due to COVID-19

Calgary Reins in Stampede 2020 Due to COVID-19

 

Officials representing the Calgary Stampede declared that the 2020 event would be canceled. Calgary's mayor, the member of the Stampede's board, Naheed Nenshi, admitted that the decision to cancel the Stampede was a tough call. Nenshi briefly mentioned 2013's Stampede, which went on shortly after much of Calgary had been flooded, and that the pandemic was a far more dangerous situation to bring large crowds to.


Nenshi also shared that Calgary will be one of the worst-hit Canadian cities after the pandemic wanes due to a "triply whammy" of impact to the public health, a global recession, and issues with oil and gasoline. Nenshi cautioned that Calgary would need additional assistance beyond what most cities might need to recover from Covid-19's influence. The event did not have insurance for major cancellations and the Conference Board of Canada stated that the Calgary Stampede contributes roughly $540 million toward Alberta's economy and around $700 to the Canadian economy, including through jobs both direct and indirect.

With Calgary Stampede 2020 a wash, its management, and board are looking ahead to future Stampede Park events, including the 2021 Stampede. Elsewhere, Edmonton has also canceled a major event due to COVID-19-this year's K-Days festival.

 

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