Test Concert Rocked Mosaic Stadium
… free shuttle service a big success
City and Evraz Place officials gave full praise to over 21,000 attendees at the first-ever concert in new Mosaic Stadium on Saturday night.
“The crowd was absolutely terrific before, during and after the concert,” raved Kim Onrait, Executive Director of City Services & Major Projects. “They did everything we asked of them and put us in a great position for the Rider pre-season game on June 10 and our official opening on Canada Day.”
Eight months after a successful university football game on October 1 between the U of S Huskies and University of Regina Rams, the Regina Rocks Mosaic Stadium concert headlined by Bryan Adams allowed organizers a chance to re-test many operational plans from last fall, and also try new ones.
Saturday’s concert was the first time spectators were able to access the field of play and the upper concourse. As well, food and beverage vendors sold their products a few days after accessing their spaces for the first time.
Over 7,400 people used the free shuttle service. “We are very happy with over a third of attendees using our shuttle program. Our new stadium provides a great opportunity for us to change behaviours and form new habits, including how we go to major events,” said Onrait.
The success of the shuttle service had transit officials adding 18 buses to meet demand post-concert.
“Saturday was a valuable test and, for the most part, everything went quite well,” said Mark Allan, President and CEO of the Regina Exhibition Association Limited (REAL – operator of Evraz Place). “With construction still underway in many of the food and beverage spaces, we didn’t have the full complement of vendors in place. It was sometimes a challenge to keep up with demand, and we appreciate everyone’s patience.”
Allan added that some congestion on the main concourse around the food and beverage locations will be eased greatly for future events with more vendors being able to operate and the ability to use the entire concourse including the south end zone.
“A lot of work goes into the planning and execution of an event of this magnitude, especially when it’s in a new facility,” said Allan. “Just like when you move into a new house, it takes some time to get oriented and find the most efficient ways of doing everything. I want to thank the employees, volunteers and everyone in attendance for their efforts in helping us ramp up to full operations in the stadium.”
Anecdotally, the majority of feedback received in the last two days has been very positive. The City and REAL will be sending out an online survey to ticket purchasers later this week to receive formal feedback.
The next event in new Mosaic Stadium will be Saturday, June 10, when the Saskatchewan Roughriders host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a CFL pre-season game in front of an expected sell-out crowd of 33,000.