April 5, 2012 - 4:05pmUpdated: April 9, 2012 - 1:39pm
Construction zone fenced off on north end of Mosaic Stadium. Adriana Christianson/News Talk Radio
The home of the Roughriders is getting a makeover and it's already looking different.
Construction crews are working on upgrades to Mosaic Stadium months ahead of the preseason.
Stands on the north and south ends were torn down last week to clear the way for the next phase of construction.
Craig Reynolds, chief financial officer for the Roughriders said they are on track to meet the goal of finishing all of the upgrades before the preseason.
"Our entire organization was pretty excited - we knew it needed to happen fast in order to be ready for the preseason but I guess you're always surprised at how fast things can happen," Reynolds commented.
The demolition phase did bring up a lot of memories for some.
"When the maxtron went down I know some of our game-day folks sort of shed a little tear because it's near and dear to many people's hearts but it's exciting to see the activity happen."
Reynolds thinks it will all be worth it when fans see the new design.
"The end result is going to look fantastic, it's going to be a bowled-in atmosphere," he explained.
"There's going to be about 7500 to 7600 extra seats in both the north endzone and the south endzone - the north endzone will be largely replacing some seating that has been there previously.
Along with a new megatron screen they will be adding new box suites and concorse areas.
All of these upgrades come with a budget of $14 million and they are a temporary measure meant to make the old stadium look it's best before hosting the 2013 Grey Cup.
Meanwhile Mayor Pat Fiacco said people in Regina can expect an update on the progress of plans for the new multi-purpose facility by the end of this month.