A series of intense storms hit the Regina region Friday evening, causing problems for two of the city’s biggest outdoor events of the year.
The first storm cell passed by Mosaic Stadium shortly after 5 p.m., triggering the stadium’s “shelter-in-place” policy.
Gates, which opened at 5 p.m., were temporarily closed around 5:30 p.m. while loudspeakers advised those in and outside of the stadium to seek shelter.
They re-opened shortly before 6 p.m. as massive lines formed outside the stadium but closed again as another storm cell passed through the area shortly after 6:30 p.m.
Garth Brooks finally took the stage around 9:40 p.m. Brooks’ opener Brett Kissell, however, was cancelled, though the six-time CMA Entertainer of the Year still gave Kissell a chance to shine.
The Regina Folk Fest, meanwhile, faced similar delays. As storms rolled through Friday evening, festival organizers also advised patrons to take shelter in nearby buildings.
The festival’s main stage re-opened around 9:30 p.m. allowing three of the evening’s headliners — the Dead South, Bahamas, and A Tribe Called Red — to perform.
Both events are back on schedule on Saturday. Environment Canada is predicting a high of 20 degrees with clear skies in the evening. They’re calling for an overnight low of four degrees with a risk of frost.