Mosaic Stadium

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Mosaic Stadium
Mosaic Stadium Logo.png
Location 1734 Elphinstone St, Regina, Saskatchewan
Operator City of Regina
Executive suites 38
Capacity 33,000 (expandable to 40,000 for special events)
Surface FieldTurf Revolution 360
Construction
Broke ground June 16, 2014
Opened October 1, 2016
Construction cost $278 million
Architect HKS
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.

Design

The stadium is intended to provide a more modern fan experience in comparison to Taylor Field,[1] 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.[2][3]

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.[2][4][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.[6][7]

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. 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.[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.[1] 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]

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.[14][15] Only the lower bowl was utilized, capping capacity at 16,500.[16] 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.[16] The Riders hosted their first game at the new Mosaic Stadium, a pre-season game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, on June 10, 2017.[17]

Budget

Mosaic Stadium was 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]

Notable events

Concerts

  • On May 27, 2017, the stadium hosted its second major test event, Regina Rocks Mosaic Stadium, a concert headlined by Bryan Adams.[16]
  • On December 5, 2016, it was announced that Guns N' Roses would play Mosaic Stadium on August 27, 2017.[18]

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 will be played as part of an event branded as Soccer Day in Saskatchewan, which will also include a women's match featuring the University of Regina Cougars hosting the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.[19][20]

References

  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. 
  12. ^ "'Best of the best': Work begins on turf at new Mosaic Stadium". CBC News. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "New Mosaic Stadium 'substantially complete'". CBC News. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "Three events to test out new Mosaic Stadium". Regina Leader-Post. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "It's like a 'major league' venue: Test run of new Mosaic Stadium wins praise". CBC News. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  16. ^ a b c "Bryan Adams to play new Mosaic Stadium on May 27". Regina Leader-Post. 2017-04-04. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  17. ^ "Finally! Roughriders to play 1st game in new Mosaic Stadium". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  18. ^ "Guns N' Roses headed to Regina in August". CBC News. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "New Regina stadium to host international soccer match". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  20. ^ "Regina's soccer community welcomes international match". Regina Leader-Post. 2017-05-09. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Construction cam

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