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Heritage Classic events a major boost to Regina’s economy

WATCH ABOVE: NHL takes over Regina for Heritage Classic weekend.

Both the NHL and the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District (RDBID) have events and attractions planned ahead of, during, and after the Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic.

The match-up between the Calgary Flames and the Winnipeg Jets will be viewed by thousands at Regina’s Mosaic Stadium at 8 p.m. on Oct. 26, and the economic impact will be felt across the city.

“We do see the economic boost locally, so that’s great,” said Ashley Stone, director of tourism for Tourism Regina. “Our partners at Evraz have talked about a $15 million impact, and that’s yet to be determined officially but that’s what we’re looking at for estimated right now. It’s incredible.”

Hotels across Regina are sold out, according to Stone, meaning the city will be full of people spending money while they’re here.

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“We know that whenever there’s an event like this coming, travellers are always going to spend more dollars when they’re in our destinations,” Stone said.

The entire city is getting involved in the Heritage Classic, ahead of and during the event, including the Warehouse District, downtown, and at the Brandt Centre with free skating.

“There’s a Hat Trick event going on at Local Market, so if you haven’t been there yet, it’s your chance. There’s a little hockey fan zone they’ve created,” she said.

The NHL’s official fan festival PreGame is a two-day event happening Saturday and Sunday, while the RDBIB is hosting Hockey Week Downtown for the entire week (Oct. 21 – 26).

Here are the events happening in the city:

Oct. 21

  • Hockey film festival – Score: A Hockey Musical at The Fat Badger at 7 p.m.

Oct. 22

  • Hockey film festival – Slap Shot at O’Hanlon’s Irish Pub at 7 p.m.

Oct. 23

  • Hockey film festival – Goon at O’Hanlon’s Irish Pub at 7 p.m.
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Oct. 24

  • Hockey film festival – Indian Horse at RPL Film Theatre at 6:30 p.m.
  • Women in Sport Panel: The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame at Centre Court in the Cornwall Centre
  • Hat Trick – Local Market 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Oct. 25

  • Hockey film festival – Might Ducks at F.W. Hill Mall at 6 p.m.
  • Hockey Week Pancake Breakfast at City Square Plaza at 8:30 a.m.
  • STICKS Ball Hockey Tournament at City Square Plaza from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Pick-up Game at City Square Plaza from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • STICKS BBQ Lunch at City Square Plaza at 11 a.m.
  • Hat Trick – Local Market 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Oct. 26

  • PreGame activities and events at Confederation Park from 1-7:30 p.m.
  • Tailgate Party at City Square Plaza from 2-6 p.m.
  • Free Downtown Mosaic Stadium Shuttle Service begins at 5:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m. and starts back up in the 3rd period.
  • Viewing Party at F.W. Hill Mall from 5-11 p.m.
  • Hat Trick – Local Market 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Oct. 27

  • PreGame activities and events at Confederation Park from 10a.m.-1:30 p.m.

READ MORE: Mosaic Stadium begins flipping football field into NHL rink for Heritage Classic

There will also be “rink-inspired” food and beverages served at various restaurants around Regina throughout the week and you can find out who is participating here.

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The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame will also be paying tribute to hockey in a display at the Cornwall Centre with artifacts and text highlighting individual hockey inductees who played in the NHL. It will be displayed on the upper level at the entrance to the pedway to the BMO Building.

During the game, there will also be performances by The Sheepdogs, Jess Moskaluke and the Hunter Brothers.

You can use the hashtag #HockeyWeekDowntown if you’d like to interact with others throughout the week’s events.

Tickets for the Tim Horton’s Heritage Classic can be purchased here.

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taylor.braat@globalnews.ca