Pat Fiacco was one of many who led the charge to get a new football stadium built in Regina admits if the final decision were on his shoulders we may not have had one.
Fiacco says he was of the mindset that continuing to renovate the old stadium was the way to go until he was convinced by others that having a new building would in the long run be cheaper than continuing to try and do things to the old Taylor Field.
“Everyone came to the table with an open mind, including me”. Fiacco said. “When the reality sank in though, it changed my mind and I’m so glad I did”.
Fiacco says he can’t stop smiling every time he drives by the new Mosaic and that he had goosebumps when he walked inside it for the pre-season game against Winnipeg.
While Fiacco did many good things for Regina during his time as mayor, he will say this is not his legacy.
“At the end of the day, “I Love Regina” is still what he wants to be remembered most for while sitting in the mayor’s chair because changing the attitude of people in our city and restoring some civic pride was something that needed to be done.
He adds while the stadium is great and is already providing benefits for the city, and the province, Fiacco says the entire project won’t be complete until the Regina Revitalization Initiative which the new stadium is a part of is finished.
That will see the old Taylor Field location get converted into a new inner-city neighbourhood which Fiacco says will be very exciting.