REGINA – Well after years of speculation Regina residents finally got their first glimpse of the new stadium that will be built in the Queen City.
Dignitaries from the city, province and the Saskatchewan Roughriders were on hand to unveil the $278 million stadium that is scheduled to open in 2017 on the Evraz Place grounds.
The facility will hold 33,000 people, expandable up to 40,000. Seats are two to six inches bigger than the current benches at Mosaic and the seats will also include cup holders and arm rests.
The new stadium will have 100 more parking stalls than the old stadium site, but the plan is to increase and improve Regina Transit to the stadium on game days.
The facility will have an expanded concession area and 39 washrooms will be located throughout the venue. The general admission lounge on the main concourse will be accessible to all fans.
The roof of the stadium will be designed to improve spectator comfort by sheltering them from the wind.
The designers of the stadium, HKS Sports and Entertainment, made sure the stadium was able to accommodate multiple concert configurations in the design.
Digging for the new stadium will begin in June with cranes in place by August and all the concrete and steel will be installed in early 2015.
The venue will once again be called Mosaic Stadium as the company signed a 20-year naming rights agreement.
The facility will be roof ready and it would cost $200 million for a fixed roof and over $300 million for a retractable roof which could take up to 16 months to build, meaning the Riders would need to find a new home for a period of time.
The current Mosaic Stadium facility, which began its life as a rugby field built in 1910, is scheduled to be demolished once construction of the new venue is complete.