The conclusion of Bruce Johnstone's article on a proposed new Regina stadium is missing in the Leader Post's online version. That's really too bad as it was well-put. So, I am typing out the conclusion here, with bold type added.
Premier Brad Wall suggested "innovative partnerships" with the private sector or other partners.
How many companies headquartered in Regina have deepe nough pockets to partner on such a project? And partner with whom? The municipal, provincial and federal governments, that's who.
In other words, the taxpayers will be on the hook for most, if not all, of the cost of building and operating such a large-scale facility. If that's what taxpayers want, so be it.
But let's at least go into this with both eyes open, not blinded by visions of sitting in air conditioned comfort, watching the Riders, or Mick Jagger, or AC/DC, while it's 50-below outside.
Besides, that's what hockey arenas are for. Wouldn't the money be better spent enlarging and expanding Brandt Centre and fixing up Mosaic Stadium?
When asked about the prospects of a new domed stadium in Regina, Rider CEO Jim Hopson admitted the question would have seemed crazy a few months ago.
"I'll be honest. If six months ago somebody would have said to me, there's a shot that you'll be playing in an indoor stadium in a few years, I would have said, you're smoking something..."
Now, Hopson says the possibility of playing ina new stadium has him excited. But, he added, "it would change our business plan." It would mean a new practice field, new office and training facilities, essentially a new economic model for the Riders.
In other words, the Riders would like -- make that love -- a new stadium, but they can't pay for a new stadium. Someone else will, and that someone is you and me.