Monday, July 20, 2009

Rider stadium report public

The long-awaited report on options for a new stadium for the Roughriders is finally in the public view. There's not much to see here, just more leanings towards a dome and some, pardon the pun, "ballpark figures". The clear preference, as has been stated by Premier Brad Wall and Mayor Pat Fiacco previously (now echoed by 'Riders board chair Rob Pletch) is a domed stadium just north of downtown Regina. That will cost $350 million, making assurances that no provincial tax dollars will go to the project...suspect.

Now there'll be a $1 million feasability study to look at the issue some more. Here's hoping they examine the work of economist Brad Humphries who has demonstrated time and again that sports stadiums do little to nothing for a local economy.

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