The Chief Jim Starlight Centre
The Chief Jim Starlight Centre is over 50,000 square feet of multi-purpose venue space conceived through a process of innovation and maintained through sustainable practices. With no pillars, a 42-foot ceiling, drop-down curtains, and portable perimeter seating for over 5,000, the Centre is extremely flexible for sporting competitions, live events, trade shows, galas and more. Other features include player and referee dressing rooms, wheelchair accessibility including overhead viewing, and a variety of meeting rooms including one that overlooks all the action. Also available, flexible staging for presentations, a full sound system, large wall-mounted screen, facility-wide Wi-Fi, two permanent scoreboards, and three portable ones.
His Legacy Lives On – Chief Jim Starlight
Chief Jim Starlight led the Tsuut’ina Nation from 1952 to 1966. During that time, he negotiated with the federal government to establish a medical care program for all Indigenous Canadians, and for the First Nations to receive revenue from oil produced on land belonging to them. Developing the 7 Chiefs Sportsplex and Chief Jim Starlight Centre was a part of his vision for the future of the Tsuut’ina Nation. We keep the memory of his foresight and wisdom alive by naming this Centre in his honour. True to his vision, the Centre is a versatile, state-of-the-art meeting ground ready to host whatever sporting competition or live event you can imagine. Chief Jim Starlight hoped the Centre would become a beacon for all communities, where they could gather and grow together. And it has.
Room enough to host four basketball games simultaneously, or a single court set up as the main event in the centre of the field house with over 5,000 spectators cheering on. Four courts can be divided with curtains and perimeter netting is available.
Eight volleyball courts can be set up simultaneously, or a single court can take centre stage in the centre of the field house with over 5,000 spectators cheering on. Courts can be divided with curtains and perimeter netting. With a 42-foot ceiling and a pillar-free environment, it’s the ideal venue for volleyball competitions.
One of the fastest growing court sports, we can host eight pickle ball courts simultaneously. Leagues are welcome, as are formal competitions. Courts can be divided with curtains and perimeter netting.
Other Court Sports
With over 50,000 feet of pillar-free cushioned flooring to play on, the field house offers even more indoor sports including 16 badminton courts, a half-pitch soccer field, and a state-of-the-art running track with three lanes of 240m, 247m, and 254m respectively. Warm-up areas around the running track are equipped with stationary bikes and equipment allowing you to get in the zone, while the cushioned surfaces of all track flooring reduces chance of injury.
Events, Trade Shows, and Meetings
The 50,000 square-foot Chief Jim Starlight Centre can host a variety of live events beyond the sporting world, including performances and concerts, keynote speakers, family celebrations, and pow wows.
Ticketing your event is easy with our partners and software options, and we will help to promote your event on the 7 Chiefs website and outdoor LED sign. The centre also features flexible staging for presentations, a full sound system, large wall-mounted screen, and facility-wide Wi-Fi. There are dressing rooms, wheelchair accessibility including overhead viewing, and a variety of meeting rooms, including one that comfortably hosts 25 guests overlooking the full Centre.
Trade Shows and Markets
The Chief Jim Starlight Centre is the perfect place to connect your industry, promote innovation, demonstrate the newest products and services, and bring professionals together to learn and improve.
The Chief Jim Starlight Centre is well suited to host trade shows and markets. With over 50,000 square feet of pillar-free space, you can work with your partners (or ours) to bring in everything you need to inspire your targeted audiences. Book exhibit spaces, workshop break-out rooms, networking events, and awards presentations. Just tell us what you need – we’ll go from there.
From board rooms to coaches’ gatherings, from video review to VIP hosting overlooking all the action, our meeting rooms can cater to everyone and every need. Each room can be booked individually, or as part of a package.
Size: 504 square feet
Recommended Capacity: 25
Overlooking Krawford Construction Arena, this room is perfect for hosting VIPs. Watch competitions, enjoy hospitality and catering, or conduct day-to-day meetings and break-out sessions. Lounge seating is available and the suite can be used as a hosting lounge.
Field House Meeting Room
Size: 954 square feet
Recommended Capacity: 35
Overlooking the Chief Jim Starlight Centre Field House, this room is perfect for hosting day-to-day meetings and break-out sessions. It can be set up as a boardroom or converted into a classroom. Casual hosting for a small group with lounge seating is also an option.
Size: 350 square feet
Recommended Capacity: 12
Boardroom A offers plenty of natural light, making it perfect for energized day-to-day meetings, reviewing videos, or as a casual hosting venue for a small group.
Size: 850 square feet
Recommended Capacity 30
Boardroom B is our largest boardroom, overlooking the concourse. It boasts a large projection screen, a white board, and self-serve kitchen facilities.
Book Events and Tournaments
Interested in booking the Chief Jim Starlight Centre for your sports tournament, sports league, live event, trade show, or market space? Fill in our inquiry form to provide more information and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.