Here’s Your New Stadium, Regina!

Corner seats - New Stadium

Just got back from the technical briefing and launch event for the new stadium design and I have a tonne of stuff to post but no time to put up  more than a few images. Above, what it’ll look like when you’re in the stands with poorly rendered, computer-generated Roughrider fans.

Below the fold, a bird’s eye view…

View from the North East

And here’s a pic from inside the sports bar that the city’s building…

Suite view - New Stadium

I’ll post video, audio, detailed technical specs and more pics later.

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5'10'' tall and he was born in a place. He's not there now. He's sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It's "Girl From Ipanema", thanks for asking. You can follow Paul on Twitter at @pauldechene and get live updates during city council meetings and other city events at @PDcityhall.

11 thoughts on “Here’s Your New Stadium, Regina!”

  1. Ha! Paul forgot to disable comments. Here’s my chance!

    Let me tell you Paul, I got a real problem with you! Just kidding. Thanks for the stadium update. That image doesn’t look very roof-ready to me (not that that’s a bad thing). Two things I like about this design: a below-grade field and segregated end-zone seating (for the yahoos).

  2. There is so much wrong with this, I don’t even know where to begin. Honestly, I was HOPING to be pleasantly shocked and shown that I was full of shit. Well, this only demonstrates the desire to shove this thing through as fast as humanly possible, with as little taxpayer consultation as possible. I’m disgusted that this “roof ready” design is nothing more than a fixture that could easily be added to our current stands – and actually already exists on the West side. Add to that the fact that a fixed roof would allegedly cost $200M and $300M for a retractable roof, when PCL themselves stated only 5 years ago that the cost for those would literally be 10-20% of that cost. I’m sorry, but inflation has not gone up that much in five short years. AND, the Riders would have to find an alternate location to play with their balls for at least 15 months while they added the roof. Oh yes. This is evidence of a forward thinking, socially responsible municipal and provincial government if I ever saw one.

  3. This is not a Paul Dechene Brand™ post. It is a mere conduit for Roughrider enthusiasm.

  4. Chad,

    Do you have a source for the earlier estimate? Was it an estimate of the cost of retrofitting a closed/retractable roof on a “roof-ready” stadium, or was it simply the difference in cost between closed/retractable roof designs and the “roof-ready” design? These are obviously very different things.

    Also, do you honestly believe that the partial roof incorporated in these designs is equivalent to the current wide-side overhang or a fixture that could be easily added to the current stadium? If so, I’m awfully glad you aren’t a civil engineer.

  5. Paul,

    I got really excited about your inclusion of the TM symbol in your comment. For a second, I thought the <sup> tag would work now. Alas, it appears you simply used Unicode character U+2122 (or the equivalent HTML escape character). Damn you for getting my hopes up!

  6. Mmm, I’m not sure I care either way. I’ve lost a lot of interest in the Riders since they became a middle-aged-guy cult. I’m not keen on the traffic disruptions, I’ll tell you that.

  7. Better seats with drink holders. Better shelter design against wind More bathrooms. More concessions. Better access within the stadium. A good positive announcement for a new stadium. Traffic issues be damned for next 3 years.

  8. Brad – all the information is on the interwebs if you choose to search for it. I’m not going to spoon feed you information just because you don’t want to believe what I say here.

    Another very important question here, and something it would appear no one is willing to answer. Is the cost of the actual stadium construction now deemed to be $278.2M or is that still the TOTAL COST of the construction, including values of lands donated, etc? The reason this is a VERY KEY question is that the stadium project they had been voting on for the last several months were based on a $28M “land donation” and other “in lieu” expenses, and the physical construction of the stadium was to be in the $250M mark. This would be IDEAL for any reputable media outlet to investigate further, as it would appear that the Stadium project is ALREADY at least $28M over budget, without a shovel in the ground. Let alone the cost differential of the anticipated interest rates on the loans, and the actual interest rates received.

    PLEASE PRAIRIE DOG – blow this bitch wide open. The public need to know. Lord knows no other outlet will bother to look into this very serious situation in that much detail. We’re talking Criminal Code Section 123 Municipal Corruption here.

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