Regina mayor addresses stadium funding
Regina's mayor insists a new stadium in the Queen City won't be built the same way as the one in Winnipeg.
The Blue Bombers are paying $85 million to build their new stadium, which has a total price tag of $200 million. Meanwhile, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have not yet been asked to contribute to a proposed building in Regina.
"I know it's easy to look at what the Winnipeg model is, but that's not what we're doing," Mayor Pat Fiacco said, "we're focussing on what the needs are for, not only Regina, but the Regina region."
Fiacco said the major difference in the two cities is that the Blue Bombers own their building, while the stadium in Regina is owned and operated by the city.
Fiacco also addressed concerns that the rest of the city would be affected by the stadium construction.
"I'm trying to remember when the Brandt Centre was built in 1976, if all construction ceased - if we quit fixing our roads during that construction period. I don't think we did."
The Roughriders will still be putting millions into the new building, outfitting the team's space.