(Changed after 1994)
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In 1980, two major events made it apparent Calgary needed a multi-purpose facility; the bid for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games and the arrival of a NHL hockey franchise, the Calgary Flames. The Saddledome Foundation was established to oversee construction and future management of the new facility. Quick progress was made, and on October 15, 1983, the doors to the Saddledome officially opened.