Public reaction to the new $278 million Roughriders stadium project has been varied across the province.
When the deal was announced at Saturday’s momentous 23-20 Riders win over the B.C Lions, discontent was audible amid the cheers. The buzz continued through the weekend.
“Waste of time—a waste of time and money,” said Frank Regier, while making coffee stop on Sunday. “We have so much stuff we gotta’ fix and it’s going to cost way too much money.”
Still, many Saskatchewanians are excited by the opportunities this major project will create.
“I think it’s an excellent idea, we should invest in the pride of our province and if we have something good, we should follow it up all the way through,” said fan, Faith Behr.
Either way, it would appear the historic Taylor Field era of Saskatchewan Roughriders football is coming to a close.
The City of Regina, the Province of Saskatchewan and the Roughriders organization signed a memorandum of understanding promising they would all pitch-in to cover the cost of a new stadium.
The new open-air facility will have a capacity of 33,000 people and be located at Evraz Place, just west of the current stadium. The construction of the new facility is expected to finish by 2017. The project is also coupled with an urban revitalization initiative from the City of Regina.
The project’s total price tag is $278 million. The province will provide an $80 million grant as well as a $100 million loan to the City of Regina. The city will also pony up $73 million of additional funding for the project. The Roughriders organization will cover $25 million of the project.