The city of Regina says the new Mosaic Stadium passed its test event with flying colours Saturday afternoon.
“The test game was an absolute success,” said Kim Onrait, Executive Director of City Services and Major Projects. “Fans came to the stadium to do exactly what we wanted them to do – enjoy a provincial rivalry on the field, and test everything around them, from various seating locations to crowd movement through the gates and on the concourse level.”
“Operationally, there were very few glitches. This wasn’t an accident, as a lot of work went into planning for the game and everyone involved did a great job executing the plan.”
Anecdotally, Onrait said the feedback over the past 48 hours has been extremely positive.
“The comments we’re hearing and reading on social media channels tell us how impressed everyone was with the ability to move around freely and the luxury of being able to meet friends no matter where you were situated in the stadium.”
Onrait said formal fan feedback will take place later this week when the City sends out an online survey.
The test game was also the first opportunity for Regina Transit to introduce a free and enhanced charter service that dropped fans off right in front of the stadium doors. Saturday saw more than 3,000 fans use the service offered at Southland Mall, Northgate Mall, Victoria Square Mall, Normanview Shopping Centre and downtown. Currently a typical Saskatchewan Roughrider home game has 1,000 fans use public transit.
“On Saturday we had almost 20 per cent of fans using public transit, so clearly the message got out. We thank everyone who tried it and hope to build off this success for future events in the new facility,” said Onrait.
The enhanced transit program was part of a transportation and traffic plan tested for the first time Saturday. Based on passenger service to the game, the City responded by adding buses post-game.
Onrait will speak more on how Saturday’s game went at a media gathering Tuesday morning.