REGINA – It’s one of the worst-kept secrets in Saskatchewan: the design of Regina’s new stadium is expected to be unveiled on Thursday morning.
Ever since it was announced in July 2012, it’s been the talk of the town.
Debated and scrutinized, now most eyes are on what will emerge from the construction site at Evraz Place. Fans are compiling a wish list.
“I’d like to see bigger seats,” said one fan. “Anything better than just wooden bench seeting would be nice,” added another.
Some are looking for better transit options – even special bike parking, following the lead of Winnipeg.
Then there are the washrooms, which are somewhat lacking at the 75-year-old Mosaic Stadium.
“It would be better to have nice, new bathrooms,” one fan told Global News.
A conceptual design for the stadium was released in September 2012. Since then, we’ve only learned who would design and build the new stadium and its amenities still remain, largely, a mystery.
The $278-million price tag of mostly-public money still has its opponents.
“I just think a lot of us are paying for something not all of us are on board for,” said a fan critical of the project.
Regardless of what is unveiled on Thursday, the stadium won’t open its doors until at least 2017.
For now, the city isn’t saying much – only calling the announcement ‘historic’.