This is the “meat and potatoes” of what you should know for this Saturdays game at the New Mozaic Stadium.
Tickets for the test game are sold out. A ticket issued by Ticketmaster with a barcode is required for entry. Ticketholders are being asked by event organizers to arrive at the stadium early. Gates #2 & #3, both located at the north end of the stadium, will open at 12 p.m. Kick-off will take place at 2 p.m.
There is no assigned seating for Saturday as all patrons will watch the game from the lower bowl of the stadium.
Transit service will be free for all riders and begins at 11:45 a.m. Buses will depart from the Southland Mall, Northgate Mall, Victoria Square Mall and Normanview Shopping Centre. New for the test game is a downtown shuttle with two stops: Saskatchewan Drive/Hamilton Street (Delta Hotel) and Victoria Avenue and Scarth Street (Victoria Park). Returning buses will start leaving the stadium once their full and service will end 20 minutes after the game.
Elphinstone Street, between Dewdney Avenue and north of Saskatchewan Drive, will be closed to traffic from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Limited parking will be available at the current Mosaic Stadium for $10. Parking will be operated by the Rams Alumni with all proceeds going to player scholarships, recruitment and development. The Rams will also be selling their traditional 50/50 tickets.
Local vendors will be providing a variety of freshly prepared food for fans to enjoy and a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages will be available.
Debit and credit cards will not be accepted to purchase food, drinks or merchandise. ATMs will be provided throughout the concourse, however, patrons are encouraged to be prepared and bring cash.
To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, the City will be testing a no in-and-out policy. Because new Mosaic Stadium is a smoke-free facility, designated smoking areas for the test game will be provided.
The City of Regina and Stadium Project partners are busy preparing for the arrival of curious fans ready for their chance to examine key aspects of the 521,866 square-foot facility.
Saturday’s test game, between the Rams and University of Saskatchewan Huskies, is a contractual requirement between the City and PCL, the construction partner in the new stadium.
“The game is designed to test every feature of the building, including washrooms, public address systems and elevators. Operational plans, that support the stadium and include access and egress, transportation, parking and security, will also be tested,” said Kim Onrait, Executive Director of City Services & Major Projects.
A variety of building, mechanical and electrical testing has been taking place all week under various conditions, said Mr. Onrait, with the intent to optimize operations in the City’s new multi-purpose facility.
Earlier in the week, a security exercise involving members of the Stadium Project, Regina Police Service, Regina Fire and Protective Services, Emergency Medical Services and contracted security providers took place. The security test ensures that everyone is prepared in case an emergency situation were to occur during the game.
Tomorrow evening, the Rams’ practice will mark the first test of the new playing surface. Both the Rams and Huskies will practice Friday, however, they are all closed to the public.
Enjoy the game!