Mosaic Stadium

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Mosaic Stadium
Mosaic Stadium Logo.png
New Mosaic Stadium (Exterior).jpg
New Mosaic Stadium Exterior
Location 1734 Elphinstone St, Regina, Saskatchewan
Operator City of Regina
Executive suites 38
Capacity 33,000 (expandable to 40,000)
Surface FieldTurf Revolution 360
Construction
Broke ground June 16, 2014
Opened July 1, 2017
Construction cost $278 million
Architect HKS, Inc.
Project manager PCL Construction
Tenants
Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL) (2017-Present)
Regina Rams (U Sports) (2016-Present)
Regina Thunder (CJFL)
Regina Riot (football) (WWCFL)
Regina High School Football

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.

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 moved into the stadium for the 2017 CFL season.

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.[1][2][3] The project was officially approved by the Regina City Council in January 2013.[4]

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.[4][5]

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, Inc.—a firm recently known for their work on AT&T Stadium and Lucas Oil Stadium.[6][7] 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.[8]

Construction and Design

Mosaic Stadium Exterior

The stadium is intended to provide a more modern fan experience in comparison to Taylor Field,[6] 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. Thirty-eight corporate suites and two levels of luxury seating will also be provided. The stadium features an open concourse, circling the entire facility.[1][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 was scheduled to be completed by August 2016, and the Roughriders were to officially move into the facility for the 2017 season.[6] 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.[12] On August 31, 2016, officials declared Mosaic Stadium to be "substantially complete", with furniture, concessions, and other fixtures still being finished.[13]

Reducing wind

Knowing that old Mosaic stadium was prone to very windy conditions on game days, New Mosaic stadium was designed to drastically cut down on the amount of wind that could affect football games played. HKS ran extensive computer models to check how their design would do under windy conditions and made any necessary modifications. As a result, the northwest corner of the stadium is enclosed and built up to block prevailing winds that most commonly come from that direction.[14]

Lighting

New Mosaic Stadium became the first CFL stadium to feature LED stadium lighting.[15] In addition to energy cost savings and long lasting lights, LED lights come on instantly and do not need a warm up period. Additional advantages to LED lights are that they provide bright, even lighting of the playing field and shows well on high definition television broadcasts.

Mosaic Stadium Video Board and Pil Country standing room-only area.

Video Board

The main HD video screen in the south end of New Mosaic Stadium is 6,844 sq.ft. [16], making it the largest in Canada and currently the 45th largest in the world (by area), just ahead of the video board in Gillette Stadium (6,806 sq.ft.) in Foxborough, MA. The dimensions of the video board are roughly 121' x 56'. A smaller, secondary video board is located in the northeast section of the stadium.

Standing Room Area

One of the modern touches the designers wanted to add was a standing room-only area where fans can gather together, socialize and watch the game standing rather than seated. The standing room area terrace, located in the south end zone, has a capacity of between 800-1,500 people.[17] It has been sponsored by a beer company and is called Pil Country and is meant to attract a younger demographic who would prefer to combine watching the game with socializing.

Saskatchewan Roughriders' Locker Room and Football Operations Facilities

As the main tenant and a financial contributor to New Mosaic Stadium, the Saskatchewan Roughriders were given a major say in how their facilities would be designed. After looking at locker room designs in stadiums throughout North America, the Saskatchewan Roughriders facilities have the following features:[18]

  • 2,100 sq.ft. auditorium with 120 theatre-style seats for team meetings. Each of the seats have folding tables and power supply for charging laptops or tablets.
  • 5,400 sq.ft. training facility featuring a 22-yard strip of artificial turf players can use to do explosive drills.
  • Player's lounge where players can eat, play video games and hang out.
  • 4,450 sq.ft. open concept locker room. Each locker features a “jewel box” (a green-lit storage bin for the player’s helmet), a bin for shoulder pads (featuring a power hinge that swings the door up and out of the way) and a lockable cupboard (with a power outlet for the player’s electronic devices). The lockers also contain a forced-air system into the shoulder pad and shoe boxes that should help eliminate odours.
  • Three sunken hydrotherapy tubs - one hot, one cold and one with an underwater treadmill for rehabilitation work.
  • One unique feature not seen in any professional sports locker room is that of a full barber shop where players can cut each other's hair. The cutting of teammates' hair has been a tradition with the Saskatchewan Roughriders for many years with every version of the team having at least one player who has informally taken on the role of team barber. With the barber shop right in the locker room, it can now be done in a professional setting complete with barber pole, old-style barber shop chair and combs soaking in containers of blue liquid.
Mosaic Stadium Interior prior to Saskatchewan Roughriders football game.

Test Events

The city stated that at least three test events would be held 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.[19][20] Only the lower bowl was utilized, capping capacity at 16,500.[21] The second test event, Regina Rocks Mosaic Stadium, was held on May 27, 2017, headlined by Bryan Adams. The stadium was capped at 75% of its capacity for this event.[21] The Riders hosted their first game at the new Mosaic Stadium, a pre-season game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, on June 10, 2017.[22]

Budget

Mosaic Stadium was estimated to cost around $278 million to build.[1][3] 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.[9]

Notable events

New Mosaic Stadium, Interior, before a Saskatchewan Roughriders football game.

Concerts

  • On May 27, 2017, the stadium hosted its second major test event, Regina Rocks Mosaic Stadium, a concert headlined by Bryan Adams.[21]
  • Guns N' Roses performed at Mosaic Stadium on August 27, 2017.[23]

Soccer

  • On May 9, 2017, it was announced that Valencia CF of La Liga and the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League would host an international friendly at Mosaic Stadium on July 22, 2017. The match was played as part of an event branded as Soccer Day in Saskatchewan, which also included a women's match featuring the University of Regina Cougars hosting the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.[24][25] The Cosmos won the match by a score of 2-0.
  • New Mosaic Stadium was listed as one of 49 potential venues in 44 cities (and one of nine sites in seven Canadian cities) to host a 2026 FIFA World Cup match by The United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and the United States, who are trying to win the bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup and jointly host it in those three countries.[26]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Design of new Regina stadium revealed". CJME.com. Rawlco Communications. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Regina unveils concept design for new stadium to house Roughriders". Canadian Press. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Deal signed for new stadium in Regina by 2017". CBC News. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Council gives go ahead for Stadium project to proceed". City of Regina. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Canadian Pacific Railway major tenant of Regina's Global Transportation Hub". NewsTalk650.com. Rawlco Communications. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Regina's new stadium to put city "on the international stage"". Regina Leader-Post. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "PCL CONSTRUCTION NAMED THE PREFERRED PROPONENT FOR THE REGINA REVITALIZATION INITIATIVE - STADIUM PROJECT". Riderville.ca. Saskatchewan Roughriders. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS RENEW STADIUM NAMING RIGHTS AGREEMENT WITH THE MOSAIC COMPANY". Riderville.ca. Saskatchewan Roughriders. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Regina stadium design unveiled". CBC News. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Work underway at site of new Regina stadium". CBC News. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Let the building begin: Groundbreaking at Regina’s new stadium site". Global Regina News. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ "'Best of the best': Work begins on turf at new Mosaic Stadium". CBC News. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  13. ^ "New Mosaic Stadium 'substantially complete'". CBC News. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Wind to be cut significantly in new stadium". Regina Leader-Post. June 24, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Ephesus Lighting Selected to Install LED Lighting at New Mosaic Stadium - Ephesus Lighting". ephesuslighting.com. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  16. ^ News, CKOM. "Fans support buys largest videotron in Canada for new Mosaic". 650 CKOM. Retrieved 2017-09-18. 
  17. ^ "South end zone could be Mosaic's answer to Black Hole and Dawg Pound". Regina Leader-Post. 2017-06-23. Retrieved 2017-09-18. 
  18. ^ "Roughriders’ new home is something to behold - Saskatchewan Roughriders". Saskatchewan Roughriders. 2017-03-19. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  19. ^ "Three events to test out new Mosaic Stadium". Regina Leader-Post. Postmedia Network. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  20. ^ "It's like a 'major league' venue: Test run of new Mosaic Stadium wins praise". CBC News. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  21. ^ a b c "Bryan Adams to play new Mosaic Stadium on May 27". Regina Leader-Post. April 4, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Finally! Roughriders to play 1st game in new Mosaic Stadium". CBC News. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Guns N' Roses headed to Regina in August". CBC News. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  24. ^ "New Regina stadium to host international soccer match". CBC News. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Regina's soccer community welcomes international match". Regina Leader-Post. May 9, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Regina could be a 'dark horse' in 2026 World Cup bid: Sask. Soccer Association". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Construction cam

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