If you’re one of the 25,000 people heading out to the new Mosaic Stadium’s second test event — also known as Regina Rocks — Saturday night, here’s everything you need to know when it comes to transportation, security, food and the concert itself.
Concert-goers are being told to take public transit, if possible, since limited parking and road closures around the stadium will hamper those taking their personal vehicles.
No public parking will be available at Evraz Place. Accessible parking can be found west of Confederation Park by the Fieldhouse and Lawson Aquatic Centre, and on 10th Avenue.
Elphinstone Street between Dewdney Avenue and Saskatchewan Drive will be closed from 2 p.m. until midnight.
However, Regina Transit shuttles will be available from 3:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. with pick up locations at the Southland Mall, Northgate Mall, Victoria Square Mall and Normanview Crossing. There are also two downtown pick up locations at the Delta Hotel and Victoria Park. Shuttles will begin leaving the stadium at 9:30 p.m.
A new free bike valet program is also being tried out. Cyclists can safely drop off their bikes at the south end of Confederation Park, where they will receive a claim ticket from an attendant. The bikes are available for pick up one hour after the event by claim ticket only.
With Regina Rocks being the second test event happening at the new Mosaic Stadium, security personnel are hard at work trying to get everything in line — especially with the CFL season fast approaching.
Rod Buckingham, head of security for the CFL, said his team will not be doing anything specifically different following the terror attacks in Manchester this past week. However, Buckingham added that all security/emergency personnel are well trained in the case of an emergency.
According to Buckingham, additional metal detectors have been bought since last year and they will be used at Saturday’s event.
He’s also reminding people to check the list of prohibited items before heading down to the stadium.
Prohibited items being searched for at the new Mosaic Stadium include:
- Weapons, explosives
- Offensive or gang-affiliated clothing
- Large signs
- Whistles, noisemakers, air horns
- Laser pointers
- Selfie sticks
- Open beverages
- Oversized backpacks, duffelbags
Some new food options will also be tested. Regina-based vendors — Beer Brothers Deli, Coney Island Poutine Cafe, Sweet Ambrosia Bakeshoppe and others — will be providing the concession options, including a cotton candy infused mustard on a hot dog.
It’s recommended people bring cash; however, debit and credit card machines will be available. ATMs are on site as well.
Gates open at 4 p.m. Ticket holders are being asked to enter through gates 2, 3 and 4.
Our Lady Peace kicks off the show at 6 p.m., then Johnny Reid hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. — both acts will play for an hour.
Bryan Adams will play for two hours, starting at 9 p.m.
Local entertainment will be featured during set-ups between the main artists.
Re-entry into the concert will not be allowed. A designated area for smokers will be available.
Regina is expected to rock the new Mosaic Stadium until 11 p.m.