The Regina Police Service is prepared for the Saskatchewan Roughriders to play their first-ever game at the new Mosaic Stadium on Saturday.
Members have done a lot of work in developing a traffic plan, but Chief Evan Bray said some tweaking may still need to be done in order to perfect it.
He said the operational plan that was in effect at the old Mosaic Stadium was second nature, due to the many years it was used.
Since it’s a new facility, Bray isn’t ruling out any unforeseen challenges.
“It’s probably going to take us a game or two to get things worked out,” explained Bray. “We had many, many years working in the old stadium, so we knew exactly where pressure points were. We knew, for example, where to put traffic officers in those spots to allow traffic to flow freely.”
However, Bray doesn’t believe any major issues should arise at the pre-season game.
- Riders prepping for Saturday’s pre-season game
- Riders advising fans of certain things in advance of Mosaic Stadium opener
- Mosaic Stadium traffic plan to be put to test Saturday for Roughriders’ first home game
According to Bray, the first two test events at the stadium — the Rams versus Huskies game last October and last month’s Regina Rocks concert — provided them with a great deal of insight into the plan, and he’s confident it will be successful.
“It’s going to be a great game and a great opportunity for people to see the park, perhaps for the first time,” said Bray. “There will be some learning we’ll do from it, which will make us even better for the July 1 game.”
With a crowd of more than 30,000 people expected, it would be the largest attendance that police, the City of Regina and Evraz Place would ever have to manage.
Bray reminds fans of the road closures in effect, and encourages people to use transit to get to and from the stadium in an effective manner.
Buses to the new Mosaic Stadium will start running at 4:45 p.m. with Rider transit being available an hour after the game.
Shuttles will be available from the following locations:
- Normanview Crossing
- Northgate Mall
- Victoria Square Mall
- Southland Mall
- Delta Hotel (Saskatchewan Drive at Hamilton Street)
- Victoria Avenue at Scarth Street (westbound)
Saturday’s pre-season game between the Riders and the Bombers will be the third and final test event at the new Mosaic Stadium.
620 CKRM’s game day broadcast begins at 4 p.m. with the play-by-play with Rod Pedersen starting at 7 p.m.