Queen City baseball fans gathered on Wednesday evening for a self-guided tour of concept plans for a proposed baseball stadium in Regina.
The open house was hosted by the Regina Red Sox Baseball Club and Living Sky Sports & Entertainment (LSSE), one of the stadium’s investors, ran from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the minor football headquarters from Regina.
Baseball fans passed by throughout the evening to examine concept plans for the state-of-the-art 3,500-seat stadium, which is slated to be built near the vacant Dewdney Avenue train tracks.
A member of the Western Canadian Baseball League, the Red Sox would be the main tenant of the stadium.
Key stakeholders say they are delighted to see so many people coming to discuss the benefits the stadium would provide to the community and to the province as a whole.
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“It was really good. We’ve had a lot of people here tonight, and everyone who has come is very excited about this project, ”said Gary Brotzel, president of the Regina Red Sox Baseball Club.
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“We just spent some time talking to people and reviewing concept plans and everyone really bought into it,” Brotzel added.
Alan Simpson, the founder of LSSE, said the stadium could be an important economic engine for the region and also provide much needed dynamism.
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“We anticipate he will be able to attract over 3,500 fans per game,” said Simpson. Add the playoffs, he added, and the stadium could draw 100,000 to 110,000 people per season to the warehouse district.
The club plays an average of 32 games per year from May to August.
Simpson went on to say that the stadium could also help attract potential baseball players who tend to be drawn to cities in Alberta because of the great baseball arenas these areas have to offer.
Conceptual plans for the stadium were submitted to city council in April and the plan estimates the project could cost between $ 18 million and $ 25 million.
Brotzel said the club are waiting for the city to take the next steps to create a formal agreement outlining the exact cost of the project.
The club recently signed a memorandum of understanding with LSSE, which helped work on the concept plans.
LSSE will also help facilitate the club’s financial participation in construction costs.
The stadium would also be used by other baseball teams in the city and would serve as a venue for outdoor events, such as spring and summer festivals, concerts, flea markets and even movie nights.
– with files from Jonathan Guignard
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