Regina stadium about inner-city development: mayor
Pat Fiacco, the mayor of Regina, says a domed football stadium in his city could lead to new activity on downtown rail yards and the site of the current football stands, Mosaic Stadium.
"People gotta quit thinking about a football stadium and start thinking about an inner-city redevelopment," Fiacco said Thursday in an address to the community.
The city, along with the provincial government and the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders, is trying to win federal government support — and dollars — for a domed stadium to replace Mosaic Stadium.
The current stadium, owned by the city, sits on the south edge of Regina's north-central neighbourhood.
The new stadium is being pitched to occupy land just north of Regina's downtown. That site is currently a rail yard.
Fiacco suggested Thursday that both the rail lands and the Mosaic site, some 46 acres altogether, could be the focus of new development.
"Have a look at the property that Mosaic Stadium sits right now," Fiacco encouraged his audience Thursday. "Envision that as a major housing development.
"Have a look at CP [Rail] container yard now," he continued. "Envision that as a major entertainment facility, as well as many other amenities. There's gonna be more retail stores there's gonna be housing involved in that."
A domed stadium for Regina is estimated to cost about $430 million and a federal contribution, about $100 million, is considered key to the plan's future.
Province takes note
The broader concept of inner-city development was noted by Ken Cheveldayoff, the provincial cabinet minister responsible for shepherding the stadium plan.
"He's challenged us to look at the 46 acres in downtown Regina, not only about the multi-purpose entertainment facility, but about urban redevelopment [and] affordable housing," Cheveldayoff said Thursday.
To date, the federal Conservative government has been noncommittal about funding professional sports stadiums.
Regina's proposed facility would be a new home for the Roughriders and has been promoted as a multi-purpose venue that could also host rock concerts and trade shows.