(From Global Regina)
The possibility of a dome stadium in Regina is not out of the picture just yet.
On May 4 the city announced the new stadium proposal included an open air facility at Evraz Place. At Monday’s city council meeting, the topic of a dome resurfaced.
“People are saying, but why not a dome?” explained city councillor Mike O’Donnell. “It seems expectations have been raised. Is it a dead issue, no, I don't think it's a dead issue.”
It is not dead because there are options. One of them includes private companies helping to pay for a dome, perhaps through a fundraiser.
“I think there is an opportunity to have some sort of capital campaign, and I think the private sector could and should be involved,” Regina and District Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins said.
For now, the money just is not there.
“If somebody jumps up and says, ok, we're going to give you $500,000 or a couple $100M, maybe we can do some creative things,” Hopkins said. “But until that comes to pass, it's hard to say how we would be able to do it.”
The Chamber surveyed its members. From the responses, almost 60 per cent supported the stadium project. When asked for comments, however, the most common theme was a preference for an enclosed facility as opposed to open air.
“I think there is some expectation that's been built up that there would be a dome and a lot of people gravitated and supported the concept of a dome,” Hopkins said.