Rider Nation has been looking at the future home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders for two years, but soon fans can go inside.
"We looked at everything from fan experience first, we really wanted to get that right,” said Riders president and CEO Craig Reynolds.
The $278 million new Mosaic stadium is almost complete thanks to the 630 tradespeople and 11 cranes putting in almost two million working hours. Stadium builder PCL Construction says the project remains on budget and on time.
“There are always points when you have things happen during construction,” said PCL’s Sean Hamelin. “It’s a fluid process and so there are always points where you might have to tweak something to make it go quicker to meet the deadline, so for us, there was no choice but to make this deadline.”
The new stadium offers fans gender-neutral bathrooms and larger seats with cup holders.
But Regina Mayor Michael Fougere says the stadium isn’t just a place for the Roughriders and their fans.
“This is a community building, it isn't just for the Riders,” Fougere said. “They're the most high-profile tenants. We're going to have concerts here, tradeshows here; we're going to have weddings here, people can book rooms here; we'll have minor football and minor soccer in here.”
On Saturday, people can come take a look at the new Mosaic stadium from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The first football game to test out the stadium is scheduled for Oct. 1, when the University of Saskatchewan Huskies visit the University of Regina Rams.