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Flames to open entertainment facility in downtown Calgary

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames Hockey Club and The Concorde Entertainment Group, Victor and Jim Choy, announced a venture to open a world class restaurant, bar and hybrid entertainment facility in the heart of downtown Calgary.

“This is a very exciting venture for us,” said Flames President & CEO Ken King. “While hockey remains our core competency, we are constantly seeking new opportunities in which to grow the Flames brand and allow our fans greater opportunities to enjoy hockey. We believe establishing a location outside of the Pengrowth Saddledome to share food, fun and hockey will bring our fans even closer to the team.”

The selected site is the former Palace Theatre located on Stephen Avenue. The multi-function venue contains layers of entertainment including a restaurant providing a semi-formal dining experience, a modern day version of a sports bar that will provide hockey fans with an opportunity to enjoy the history of the Calgary Flames through original memorabilia, state of the art technology and innovative modern design layered in a historic setting.

In addition, the multi-functional venue will be capable of hosting live concerts, Flames press conferences, special events, large corporate meetings and conferences. A capacity of 1,200 permits the option of large gatherings as well as the availability of private function rooms.

“The Calgary Flames are an icon in our city with much more to offer by bringing the team and all sporting events to the public in a great new entertainment facility,” said Victor Choy.

“This entertainment facility will be unparalleled anywhere in North America due to the Flames brand and the Concorde Entertainment Group’s expertise in the entertainment and food service industry,” said Jim Choy.

The Concorde Entertainment Groups establishments include The Whiskey, Mercury Lounge, Bungalow, ei8ht Restaurant, Mynt Ultralounge, Bass Bros. Beerhouse and Grill and are partners in The Vintage Chophouse.

“Our organization looks forward to partnering with Victor and Jim Choy. Their experience and expertise provide complete confidence that our brand will be treated with respect and provide a new and exciting way for Flames fans and sports fans in general to get into the game”, said King.

As the Flames begin their 2006 NHL Playoffs, construction continues with an expected grand opening date of August 2006.

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