Invitation Tool Kit

As you get ready to host your guests during the Calgary Stampede, the first place to start is to send out your invitations. We've put together an invitation tool kit with important tips, our venue logos and great images to kick-start your creative side and to get your guests into the spirit!

These tips have been put together to help you create your invite.

START WITH A GREAT HEADLINE

  • Back in the saddle!
  • Buckle down and join us...
  • Let er' rip!

Have fun with deciding on how to get the attention of your guests by using words that set the tone for the kind of hosting you plan on doing.

TELL THEM WHAT THEY WILL BE DOING

You are inviting guests to either the afternoon or evening performance. The afternoon rodeo experience is the same in all venues, but the evening has a bit of a different twist depending on the venue. 

Infield Suites

  • Calgary Stampede Rodeo
  • Cowboys Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Races

ranahans, 30X Saloon and The Lazy S

  • Calgary Stampede Rodeo
  • Evening Show (Cowboys Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Races & Bell Grandstand Show)

LET THEM KNOW WHERE THEY WILL BE GOING

We are at Stampede Park, not the grounds. We are the Calgary Stampede, also referred to as The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

Our venues have specific names and some have unique ways they are expressed when written. Be sure to call the venues by the correct name. It will help your guests find their way through directional signage when they arrive.

  • Infield Suites
  • ranahans (always with a lowercase r)
  • 30X Saloon
  • The Lazy S (always with The)

LET THEM KNOW THE DATE

Include your date in the format Day of the Week, Month, Day, Year.

  • Example: Friday, July 8, 2022

TIMES

Include the time of your event and whether it is for the Calgary Stampede Rodeo, Cowboys Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Races or Evening Show.

Infield Suites

  • 12:00 p.m. for the 1:30 p.m. start of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo
  • 6:30 p.m. for the 7:45 p.m. start of the Cowboys Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Races

ranahans, 30X Saloon and The Lazy S

  • 11:30 a.m. for the 1:30 p.m. start of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo
  • 6:00 p.m. for the 7:45 p.m. start of the Evening Show (Cowboys Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Races & Bell Grandstand Show)

DIRECTIONS

Guests may be coming from out of town or are unfamiliar with our venues and locations. To ensure your guests are able to find their way, include the full venue name and directions. If you have arranged for parking, be sure to include those details.

Infield Suites Guests can access the Infield Grandstand be entering the main doors on the west side of GMC Stadium from the courtyard and proceeding to the tarmac outside the east side. Guests can then cross the track from the north or south side of the GMC Stadium tarmac. Follow the signage to get to Infield Suite location with the suite number indicated on the digital ticket. Access is by walking only.

ranahans ranahans is located at the north end of the third level of GMC Stadium. Main and private dining guests who hold a ticket will access the venue through the well-marked private entrance to the ranahans Lobby between the north and main entrance from the GMC Stadium courtyard. They will be escorted to a private elevator and taken directly to the third level. ranahans Lounge + Patio guests will access the venue through the entrance (red awning) beside the north doors of the GMC Stadium courtyard and proceed up the escalator to the third level to enter ranahans on the north side of the venue. Access is by walking only.

30X Saloon 30X Saloon is located at the south end on the main level of GMC Stadium. Guests should access GMC Stadium by using the doors at the south end. Access is by walking only.

The Lazy S The Lazy S is located at the north end of the fourth level of GMC Stadium. Access for all guests is through the entrance (red awning) beside the north doors of the GMC Stadium courtyard. All guests will access the venue from the south doors to The Lazy S via escalator to the fourth level. Access is by walking only. 

DRESS CODE

To avoid access issues when your guests arrive, please make sure you include the dress code directly in the invitation.

WESTERN WEAR OR BUSINESS CASUAL RECOMMENDED

Guests must adhere to the venue dress code at all times.

Please wear pants or jeans in good repair, skirts and dresses of reasonable length.

Items that DO NOT meet our dress code include: ball caps, athletic wear, ripped or torn jeans and shorts.

In order to protect the integrity of the venue, management reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of dress and refuse entry if necessary.

RSVP

Don’t forget to include your RSVP details for your guest and a deadline as to when you would like to hear back from them.

LOGOS

For the most eye-catching invite start with selecting one strong image that represents the experience you are giving to your guest. Whether it is taking in the thrill of the Stampede Rodeo, the grandeur of the Evening Show or simply the idea of the Calgary Stampede, a good image that captures the spirit will set the tone. Don't forget to include the venue logo too! For your convenience the venue logos have been provided.

PHOTOS

Choose a great photo to add something special to your invite.