The vote was unanimous as Regina’s executive committee recommended Wednesday that up to $2.5 million be spent to start looking for a company to build a new stadium.

The lone voice against pushing ahead was Chad Novak, a former mayoral candidate who appeared before council as a private citizen. He called for spending to be put on hold.

Novak called the proposed stadium “Mosaic 2.0” -- a new version of what the city already has. City officials say it may be another outdoor stadium, but the design will make it feel warmer.

Councillors also recommended a tentative plan to plan to pay for the stadium. It includes a $12 user fee on game tickets, a possible hotel room tax and a small property tax increase of less than half a percent.

Based on a report by Wayne Mantyka, CTV Regina