May 22, 2014 - 10:15amUpdated: May 23, 2014 - 9:20am
The design of the new Mosaic Stadium. Photo provided by the City of Regina.
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After years of planning, the design of the new Regina stadium has been finalized and released to the public.
The new stadium will hold 33,000 people to be expandable to 40,000. Once again, the building will be known as Mosaic Stadium as the Saskatchewan Roughriders extended its stadium naming rights agreement with the Mosaic Company for another 20 years.
Fans will have their own seats in the new Mosaic Stadium; the facility will feature individual seats equipped with cup holders. There will be two levels of luxury seats with 38 suites available for corporate partners.
The new stadium will feature a concourse that spans entirely around the playing field giving fans full access around the building. The field will be surrounded by two levels of seating with the lower bowl more than 10 meters below the ground level. Designers explain this will function to help protect fans from the elements, preventing wind from getting at the stands directly.
To prepare for the below-grade seating, 300,000 cubic meters of dirt will need to be removed from the site. That’s enough to fill 110 Olympic-sized swimming pools. There will be almost 6,000 truckloads of concrete needed to construct the base of the new stadium.
As mentioned in previous design concepts, the new stadium will not be fully covered but will be roof ready. The slope in the design will prevent snow from staying on the partial roof. The cost of the stadium project remains at $278 million.
The stadium is being built by PCL Construction Management Inc with construction starting in June 2014. The bulk of the work is expected to be completed by August 2016 so the Roughriders can play their first game in the new stadium in June 2017. Fences will be placed at the site within a few weeks so construction can begin. Four tower cranes will be placed at the site for about 17 months.
Sorting out the transition for season ticket holders from the old stadium to the new one won't begin until 2015.
More information on the design as well as additional photos and videos can be found here.