About Us

Our History

Talisman Centre's distinctive roof line has become an iconic part of the Calgary skyline since first opening its doors in 1983, and continues to serve fitness-oriented Calgarians and athletes serious about fitness.

1983 – Lindsay Park Sports Centre opens in July to host the Western Canada Summer Games. The facility officially opens its doors to the public in September.

1987 – Lindsay Park Sports Centre wins a Bronze medal in the IAKS Awards (International Working Group for the Construction of Sport and Leisure facilities) for an exemplary, functionally well-designed sports facility.

1988 – The XV Olympic Winter Games are held in Calgary and Lindsay Park Sports Centre hosts a reception for 3,000 Olympic media including live horses on the track!

1989 – The 4,500 square foot weight training area in Lindsay Park Sports Centre opens to the public.

2002 – Lindsay Park Sports Centre is officially renamed Talisman Centre when Talisman Energy becomes the naming sponsor with a contribution of $10 million over 20 years.

2003 – Talisman Centre receives The Calgary Award for Accessibility.

2004 – Talisman Centre celebrates the completion of the $24 million expansion. The new Fitness Centre is named, Dr. Neville Lindsay Sport Wellness Centre, to commemorate and honour Calgary's first doctor and legendary pioneer who owned the land upon which the facility sits. The new Aquatic Centre is named, The Calgary Foundation Aquaplex, to recognize and celebrate the contributions of The Calgary Foundation through a major gift from an anonymous donor.

2008 – Talisman Centre celebrates its 25th anniversary.

2010 – In March, the tented portion of the facility is closed for the replacement of its iconic roof and many facility upgrades. The $44.5 million project was a joint initiative between The City of Calgary, The Government of Canada and Talisman Energy.

2011 – After almost one-year under construction, Talisman Centre re-opens its doors to the public and celebrates with an official ribbon cutting ceremony including Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

2011 – In September, the Train. Compete. Play. tagline launches along with a brand new website.

2012 – Talisman Centre hosts the Canadian Age Group Nationals (July 25-30), a long course swim competition that saw more than 1500 athletes, 500 coaches, volunteers and support staff and hundreds of spectators, this long course swim competition was the biggest event Talisman Centre hosted that year and one of the largest in our history.

2012 – Talisman Centre officially recognized as a National Training Centre for Canada's Senior Men's National Water Polo Team.

2012 – September marks the official launch of The John Currie Amateur Sport Legacy Fund which provides bursaries for amateur athletes with financial needs training in Calgary.

2012 – The new Sport Recognition Wall is unveiled at the North Entrance showcasing two Olympic torches and three digital displays that highlight our facility, The Booster Club and The John Currie Amateur Sport Legacy Fund.

2013 – Talisman Centre is forced to evacuate and close entire facility on June 20 as one of the worst natural disasters in Alberta's history, the June Flood, hits Calgary.

2013 – The Dryland areas of the facility re-opens to the public on July 16 after 26 days of full closure.

2013 – After 123 days of flood closure, the Competition Pool re-opens on October 21. The Teach Pool follows by re-opening the following day and finally the Dive Tank and Dive Towers on October 25.

2014 – Talisman Centre releases a mobile APP, the first of its kind for fitness facilities in Canada and provides unprecedented access to valuable information anywhere and at any time on iPhone and Android devices.