Saskatchewan Roughriders to play in new stadium by 2017
By Sports Network
|Saskatchewan Roughriders' Tearrius George celebrates his sacking of Edmonton Eskimos' Ricky Ray during a CFL game in Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Oct. 10, 2011. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI AGENCY)
The Saskatchewan Roughriders will play in a new stadium expected to be ready for the 2017 season.
The club made the announcement on Saturday, at halftime of their game at Mosaic Stadium against the British Columbia Lions, with help from Regina’s mayor, Saskatchewan’s premier Brad Wall as well as CFL commissioner Mark Cohon.
“The current stadium has served us well for the past 100 years,” Wall said. “But it’s time the best fans in Canada and the best team in Canada have the best, new stadium in Canada. The new stadium will not only provide a leading edge facility for the Riders, it will also support amateur sports in the province and attract the attention of major concert and event promoters.”
The new venue will seat roughly 33,000 people with spectator areas covered and an open playing surface, with the design permitting the addition of a full- sized roof in the future.
At an expected cost of $278 million, $80 million will come in the form of a grant from the government of Saskatchewan, $73 million from the city of Regina, and $25 million from the team itself.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and it has been possible thanks to the tremendous support of Rider Nation,” stated Riders chairman Roger Brandvold. “Thanks to our partners at the Province and the City, Saskatchewan will soon have a world-class facility for the greatest fans in the country.”