Absorb the electric energy as the final minutes tick away. Agonized faces fill the arena as tens of thousands of people hold their breaths in anticipation. Suddenly a light flashes, a siren blares and in one motion the whole crowd is on its feet in a deafening roar of victory. A pro hockey team winning in sudden death overtime is a split second that will be burned into your memory forever.
Alberta has two National Hockey League teams – the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers – and two Canadian Football League teams – the Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Stampeders – fuelling a heated rivalry between the two cities. Going to a game when the local teams face off gives new meaning to “friendly rivalry.”
Watch international cyclists compete in the five-day Tour of Alberta or the 142 km (88 mi) GranFondo through Banff National Park. Behold the elegance of a prestigious show jumping competition at Spruce Meadows or take in a day at the races for show-stopping action. Clear your calendar for the Winstertstart FIS World Cup men’s and women’s Downhill and Super G races at Lake Louise. Share the contagious excitement that embodies Alberta’s collective sports spirit.