Calgary Stampede breaks single-day attendance record

The heat doesn’t appear to be having an impact on attendance for the Calgary Stampede.

More than 201,000 people attended Stampede Park on Sunday during Tim Horton’s Family Day — it marks the most ever attendees in a single-day.

The previous one-day record was set back in 2012 when more than 184,000 people attended during the Stampede’s 100th anniversary.

More than half a million people have visited the Stampede so far this year.

Over 161,000 visitors flooded Stampede Park on opening day, falling shy of the record of 164,939 set the previous year. That day also holds the record of being the second most attended day at the Stampede.

Day two added 135,645, making it 337,547 over the two days.

Calgary Stampede Family Day
Visitors flock to the Calgary Stampede on Family Day in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, July 7, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

This follows the Stampede Parade to mark the start of the festivities, with the Stampede saying it set a record with over 350,000 people in attendance.

A heat warning from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) first issued Sunday is expected to last for most of the week. The agency says extremely hot temperatures of 30 to 35 degrees combined with overnight lows of 14 C or higher are expected until at least mid-week.

Calgary EMS public education officer Stuart Brideaux says for those planning to head out into the heat, it’s important to prepare by hydrating, wearing sunscreen, and getting out of the heat occasionally.

With files from Alejandro Melgar

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