New Mosaic Stadium

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Mosaic Stadium
Mosaic Stadium Logo.png
Location Regina, Saskatchewan
Owner City of Regina
Operator City of Regina
Construction cost $278 million
Architect HKS, Inc.
Project manager PCL Construction
Capacity 33,000
Executive suites 38
Tenants
Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL)
Regina Rams (CIS football)
Regina Thunder (CJFL)
Regina High School Football
Regina Riot (football) (WWCFL)

Mosaic Stadium is an open-air stadium under construction in Regina, Saskatchewan. Announced on July 14, 2012, the stadium will replace Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field as the home field of the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders. Designed by HKS, Inc., preliminary construction on the new stadium began in early 2014, it is expected to be completed by August 2016, and the Roughriders will move into the stadium for the 2017 CFL season.

Design[edit]

The stadium is intended to provide a more modern fan experience.[1] It will be an open-air stadium like Taylor Field, consisting of a sunken bowl with a partial roof around much of its rim, designed to shield spectators; the rim's curved design will prevent snow from accumulating on the roof. The stadium will be built to support the construction of a full roof in the future. The south end zone will not be covered by the roof, allowing a view of downtown Regina. To protect spectators from wind, the lower bowl will be located 10 metres (33 ft) below ground level. The stadium will individually seat 33,000 spectators, and can be expanded to seat up to 40,000 with temporary seating. 38 corporate suites and two levels of luxury seating will also be provided. The stadium will also feature an open concourse, circling the entire stadium.[2][3]

History[edit]

On July 12, 2012 during a pre-game ceremony, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Regina mayor Pat Fiacco ceremoniously announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the funding of a new stadium to house the Saskatchewan Roughriders, to replace Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field. The new stadium will be constructed at Evraz Place, Regina's exhibition grounds. Evraz Place is also the site of the Brandt Centre, home arena of the Regina Pats WHL team.[4][2][5] The project was officially approved by the Regina City Council in January 2013.[6]

The new stadium serves as an aspect of the Regina Revitalization Initiative, a redevelopment project which will also see the former site of Taylor Field redeveloped into a residential area, and the re-location of the Canadian Pacific Railway's downtown yard to the Global Transportation Hub project on the west end of Regina to allow for further downtown development.[7][6]

On March 14, 2014, it was announced that PCL Construction had won the bid to lead the construction of the new stadium, and that it would be designed by HKS—a firm recently known for their work on AT&T Stadium and Lucas Oil Stadium.[1][8] The official design of the new stadium was unveiled on May 22, 2014. It was also announced that The Mosaic Company, who holds naming rights to the previous stadium, would renew its naming rights to cover the new stadium under a 20-year deal. As such, the new stadium will also be known as Mosaic Stadium.[9]

Preliminary excavation of the stadium site began in April 2014,[10] and an official groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 16, 2014.[11] The new stadium is scheduled to be completed by August 2016, and the Roughriders plan to officially move into the facility for the 2017 season.[1]

Budget[edit]

Mosaic Stadium is estimated to cost around $278 million to build.[2][5] Funding will be provided by multiple sources; the government of Saskatchewan will provide a grant of $80 million, and a $100 million loan to be paid off through ticket surcharges. The city will provide $73 million in funding, which will be subsidized through property tax increases. The remainder of the budget will be covered by the Roughriders themselves, primarily through naming rights.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Regina's new stadium to put city "on the international stage"". Regina Leader-Post. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Design of new Regina stadium revealed". CJME.com. Rawlco Communications. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Regina stadium design unveiled". CBC News. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Regina unveils concept design for new stadium to house Roughriders". Canadian Press. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Deal signed for new stadium in Regina by 2017". CBC News. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Council gives go ahead for Stadium project to proceed". City of Regina. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Canadian Pacific Railway major tenant of Regina's Global Transportation Hub". NewsTalk650.com. Rawlco Communications. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "PCL CONSTRUCTION NAMED THE PREFERRED PROPONENT FOR THE REGINA REVITALIZATION INITIATIVE - STADIUM PROJECT". Riderville.ca. Saskatchewan Roughriders. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS RENEW STADIUM NAMING RIGHTS AGREEMENT WITH THE MOSAIC COMPANY". Riderville.ca. Saskatchewan Roughriders. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Work underway at site of new Regina stadium". CBC News. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Let the building begin: Groundbreaking at Regina’s new stadium site". Global Regina News. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 

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