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Mosaic Stadium

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Owner  Noah
Executive suites  38
Province  Saskatchewan
Operator  City of Regina
Opened  1 October 2016
Location  Rge road 2172, Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan
Capacity  33,000 (expandable to 40,000 for special events)
Surface  FieldTurf Revolution 360
Address  1910 Piffles Taylor Way, Regina, SK S4P 3E1, Canada
Similar  Regina Exhibition Park, Brandt Centre, Wascana Centre, Investors Group Field, Commonwealth Stadium Edmonton

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Mosaic Stadium is an open-air stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan. Announced on July 14, 2012, the stadium replaced Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field as the home field of the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders. It was designed by HKS, Inc., in joint venture with B+H, the architects of record. Preliminary construction on the new stadium began in early 2014, and it was declared "substantially complete" on August 31, 2016.

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The stadium held its inaugural sporting event, a university football game between the Regina Rams and the Saskatchewan Huskies, on October 1, 2016. The Roughriders will move into the stadium for the 2017 CFL season.

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Design

The stadium is intended to provide a more modern fan experience in comparison to Taylor Field, utilizing a sunken bowl with a partial roof around much of its rim, designed to shield spectators. The rim's curved design is meant to prevent snow from accumulating on the roof. The stadium was built to support the construction of a full roof in the future. The south end zone is not covered by the roof. To protect spectators from wind, the lower bowl is situated 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 features an open concourse, circling the entire facility.

History

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 stadium was slated for construction at Evraz Place, Regina's exhibition grounds, sharing its site with Regina's indoor arena Brandt Centre. The project was officially approved by the Regina City Council in January 2013.

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.

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. The official design of the new stadium was unveiled on May 22, 2014. as 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.

Preliminary excavation of the stadium site began in April 2014, and an official groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 16, 2014. The new stadium was scheduled to be completed by August 2016, and the Roughriders will officially move into the facility for the 2017 season. In June 2016, the City of Regina announced plans to hold at least three test events at Mosaic Stadium before the Roughriders' inaugural season at the facility; the first was a Regina Rams/Saskatchewan Huskies university football game on October 1, 2016. Installation of the stadium's FieldTurf Revolution 360 playing surface began in July 2016; it is the first CFL stadium to feature this iteration of FieldTurf.

On August 31, 2016, officials declared Mosaic Stadium to be "substantially complete", with furniture, concessions, and other fixtures still being finished.

On February 7, 2017, it was announced the Roughriders would officially open up the new stadium on July 1, 2017 against rival Winnipeg Blue Bombers to celebrate Canada 150.

Budget

Mosaic Stadium was estimated to cost around $278 million to build. 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.

Concerts

  • On December 5, 2016, it was announced that Guns N' Roses would play Mosaic Stadium on August 27, 2017.
  • References

    Mosaic Stadium Wikipedia


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