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Evolution. Learning from the past and planning for the future. It’s not an easy task to create an innovative and culturally reflective, world-class venue with a modern, innovative design, yet inspired by the local prairie landscape and vast sky. Mosaic Stadium delivers. As one of the most important civic buildings in Regina and the province, the design fosters and expands on existing community spirit and the public’s connection to sport and nature, through realized architectural visions and urbanely connected design approaches.
The new Canadian Football League (CFL) stadium, to be unveiled by the city of Regina to the whole Rider Nation in 2017, also will serve as the cornerstone of the city’s master planning efforts and as a catalyst for future urban revitalization – creating an iconic image for the city and delivering a new identity for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The Vision and Design
The aerodynamic form and shape of the venue is a deliberate and functional response to the climate and unique characteristics of the area. The design mitigates wind, sun, snow loads and other climatic issues that have a significant impact on the patron experience. The entire facility is designed to celebrate the natural heritage of the province. The roof responds to the open sky, the façade pays tribute to the existing landscape, and the public realm reflects the local natural resources.
The Southern Prairie landscape is represented through the strong horizontal lines, while the base of the venue is clad in native stone, replicating the geology of the region with strong horizontals of sediments, crystalline minerals and outcroppings. The middle layer is covered in corrugated metal panels, emphasizing proportions with material manipulations and strategic reveals that pay tribute to Aeolian forms found in the prairies as parallel ridges, furrows, fields and sand dunes.
The stadium features a recessed bowl, reducing the scale and impact with respect to existing infrastructure and neighborhoods. The majority of the main concourse provides unobstructed and panoramic views into the seating bowl, providing a powerful spectator connection to the action. The fan experience is further enlivened with a seating bowl environment that includes multiple lounges and panoramic views, centered on a unified design approach that is highlighted with distinct spectator neighborhoods and amenities. The stadium welcomes spectators from all sides, including an open south end zone offering great views of the city. The roof serves a dual purpose by allowing views of the prairie sky, as well as a layer of protection.
Flexible design elements enable Mosaic Stadium to host a variety of events, such as concerts, FIFA soccer matches, community gatherings and a variety of small-scale cultural and entertainment occasions. Expandable seating capacity provides the ability to accommodate future growth. The design also fosters and expands on existing community spirit, and builds strong connections to surrounding parks and neighborhoods through a proposed linear urban greenway to downtown Regina.
This world-class venue raises the bar for what a CFL stadium can be and reinforces the city of Regina’s future growth.