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Calgary Stampede wraps with over half one million guests

The Calgary Stampede says over half one million individuals walked by means of the gates at this yr’s occasion, down sharply from earlier years.

Guests pose for pictures on the Calgary Stampede. The occasion was smaller this yr resulting from COVID-19 precautions, and about half as many guests attended. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

The Calgary Stampede says over half one million individuals walked by means of the gates at this yr’s occasion, down sharply from earlier years. 

The decline will not be a shock, given the smaller-than-usual occasion and restricted admittance that got here on the heels of the province lifting pandemic restrictions.

In whole, 528,998 company attended the 10-day occasion.

“The Calgary Stampede has been a trailblazer all through our 109-year historical past, however by no means greater than this yr,” the group mentioned in a launch Monday. 

“Thanks for becoming a member of us to Stampede your approach, and to have a good time The Biggest Out of doors Present on Earth.”

The latest common editions of the pageant attracted 1,275,465 guests in 2019 and 1,271,241 in 2018. The 2019 version was the second-highest attended Calgary Stampede since 2012, when the Stampede celebrated its a centesimal yr.

The occasion was cancelled final yr for the primary time in virtually 100 years, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on public gatherings. 

That cancellation resulted within the pageant dropping an unprecedented $26.5 million in 2020 — a far cry from the roughly $150 million in annual revenues often pulled in by the occasion.

Stampede president Steve McDonough mentioned Sunday the 2021 version had been a “wild experience” — contending that the pageant represented a secure return to dwell occasions that ought to function a mannequin for Calgary and Canada.

“Success can be the native companies getting a much-needed increase and our financial system a kick-start,” McDonough mentioned.

“Irrespective of the way you measure it, Stampede 2021 is a hit.”

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