Mosaic Stadium will not be host to two outdoor hockey games.
The Regina Pats and Queen City Sports and Entertainment announced Wednesday night the two outdoor games planned in mid-February at the home of the Riders have been cancelled and moved back indoors to the Brandt Centre.
Stacey Cattel is the Regina Pats Chief Operating Officer.
At a news conference Wednesday night, he told 620 CKRM making the decision to move the game indoors will benefit everyone – from the fans, to the players.
“This is not a negative,”Cattel said. “This is an absolute positive for us to continue to celebrate the 100th year. We’re going to move it indoors. And everyone is committed — the NHL, the CHL All Stars who were coming here for an outdoor game — well, they’re coming here for an indoor game. So, we’re really excited. It’s a great move.”
The All-Star Celebrity Classic will go forward with up to 50 NHL greats, including legendary Hall of Famers, on February 17. The game will be an interactive experience for fans, players and coaches. The game will also feature a fun-filled skills competition with fans in attendance able to skate in the Brandt Centre post-game.
Cattel says when ticket sales started to plateau, a decision on the outdoor game had to be made quickly.
“Ticket sales were starting to get stagnant,” Cattel said. “We’ve got six weeks to that game and quite frankly, we needed to sell another 10,000 tickets. We had a lot of people during the cold snap telling us ‘we’re going to wait and see’ and sometime, you have to listen to your fans.”
Cattel says by making this decision now to move the game indoors, gives organizers enough time to get everything ready.
“We’ve been working diligently,” Cattel said. “Ticket sales took off right away. But things started to get a little frosty most of December. We had to look at a lot of factors. This is not a negative. This is an absolute positive for us to continue to celebrate the 100th year – we’re going to move it indoors.”
“Homecoming Weekend will still be a great weekend for hockey fans in Regina,” said Pats Governor Anthony Marquart. “The inaugural Regina Pats Community Foundation Gala Dinner on the February 16, Rogers Hometown Hockey and Waskimo Warm up to Winter Festival are an exciting opportunity to showcase Regina over the Family Day Weekend! We thank everyone for their support and we look forward to a weekend which will be enjoyed by all.”
People who have already purchased tickets for Homecoming Weekend will have the first opportunity to secure tickets for both the All-Star Celebrity Classic and the Pats/Warriors game on February 18th which will go on sale Saturday morning at 10 a.m. More details will be released Thursday.
Season ticket holders and previous Outdoor Weekend Package purchasers will be receiving information in their email on how to secure their seats for the All-Star Celebrity Classic and will receive their regular season tickets for the Pats and Warriors game on February 18 at no additional cost. The club will be celebrating their alumni on the 18 as a part of the 100th Anniversary Season with a number of in-game presentations planned.
(with files from Ryan McNally, Christina Cherneskey)