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I don't understand why they dont make the entire roof retractable at BC place. You would have such a fantastic view of mountains and city.
 

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I don't understand why they dont make the entire roof retractable at BC place. You would have such a fantastic view of mountains and city.
Cost. All other type of retractable roofs would cost more. And because this is an add-in (not a new stadium), there are limits. BC Place was only designed to hold up a inflatable dome roof, even the existing retractable roof plan would require quite a bit of additional support.
 

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I don't understand why they dont make the entire roof retractable at BC place. You would have such a fantastic view of mountains and city.
Unless you're sitting right at the top of an open-roof bowled stadium you're not going to get much of a view anyway. Also remember that the current roof plan has open space between the stadium rim and the roof structure.

Frankfurt below. Mind that BC Place will have a higher roof so views through will be better than in this pic.


this photo is old, forgot the name, but it's from Flickr.
 

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Domed stadium to be studied for downtown Regina



By Angela Hall, Leader-Post

July 21, 2009






REGINA — The possibility of a domed stadium in downtown Regina is now the subject of a $1-million feasibility study that will take six months to complete.

With three levels of government and the Saskatchewan Roughriders providing funding, experts will consider all possible uses for a covered facility that could cost more than $350 million to build, Enterprise Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said at a news conference.

The study will also look at the potential for a retractable roof.

“As much as we all love the green and white ... we recognize that any facility will be about much more than just football and available for use year round not just six months of the year,” said Cheveldayoff.

“Once their study is completed, we will be in a much better position to make a decision on the possibility of an all-weather multi-use facility.”

However, Cheveldayoff also said some stadium changes are in order, noting Mosaic Stadium dates back to 1910.

The facility could be located at the current site of the CP rail yards, which are expected to relocate to the planned transportation hub on the city’s western fringes.

Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco said a stadium in the place of the current CP yards would spark development between Saskatchewan Drive and Dewdney Avenue, and could also eventually lead to a new neighbourhood in the area where the current Mosaic Stadium stands.

“This is about so much more than a facility. It has potential to be an urban redevelopment on a scale never seen in our city,” Fiacco said.

“Imagine if this facility was available year round for conventions, trade shows, cultural events, artistic performances and sports.”

The anticipated No.1 tenant — the Saskatchewan Roughriders — also welcomed a study into a domed facility, maintaining such a project is needed as other CFL cities make upgrades to their stadiums.

“This is the environment in which we as your football club have to go out and try to find and retain coaches, and key players and retain our fan support base,” said Roughriders board chairman Rob Pletch.

“We need to maintain our competitive level and this opportunity presents itself as an ideal one to do that.”

The decision to proceed with the feasibility study comes in the wake of a $70,000 concept review paid for by the government, and released in part on Monday. The review, conducted by consultants Bill Shupe and Rob Giberson, recommended a covered stadium as the preferred option, rather than minor renovations to Mosaic Stadium, a major overhaul of the existing stadium, or a new outdoor facility.

The review said a major redevelopment of Mosaic Stadium would cost $109 million over five years, but would do little to increase the economic impact currently generated by the facility. An open air stadium could cost $190 million, but would have little potential to revitalize the downtown because it would sit unused during the winter months, the review said.

An all-weather 38,000 seat stadium — with potential to expand to 50,000 or more — could be constructed over three to four years for around
$350 million, not including land costs or other construction costs for items such as a practice field and overhead walkways. But the report said it could be a tourism draw, be in use all year and have an annual economic impact ranging from $27 million to $90 million, based on the experience of the FargoDome in North Dakota.

More precise costs estimates will be pinned down in the feasibility study. Stadium Consultants International (SCI) and Global Spectrum have been contracted to do much of the work, while PCL will provide input on costs.

“We have roughly a six month timeline to deliver a fairly sophisticated schematic design concept,” said Chris O’Reilly, principal with SCI, adding the company is working with various engineers, including specialists who can look at the retractable roof option.

“We’re going to do floor plans, building cross-sections, we’re going to analyze all the different mechanical/electrical systems that you would have to put in a facility of this nature. We’ll do some 3-D renderings inside and out. We’ll give you a very clear picture of how spectacular this facility could be,” said O’Reilly, who noted parking issues and how the facility could tie in with the existing downtown will also be part of the work.

The province and the federal government, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, are funding most of the feasibility work by each picking up 40 per cent of the tab. The City and the Roughriders are each paying 10 per cent.

An advisory committee has also been struck, consisting of MPs Gerry Ritz and Andrew Scheer, Cheveldayoff, Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Minister Bill Hutchinson, Fiacco and Pletch.

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^ for the record, BC Place's roof collapse was caused by human error. There was too much air pressure, causing a cascade of snow to fall onto the rim of the roof, puncturing a hole.
 

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Not sure if that's exactly smart for a city that has A LOT of snow. This isn't Vancouver after all.
Skydome - Rogers Centre.

There's plenty of stadia around the world with retractable roofs now. I'm sure there is the ways to have a smaller and more inexpensive retractable roof that can handle snow.
 

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There's a email floating around the COV planning department, and a co-worker forwarded me some jpgs of a rumoured "finer-grain" scheme for the lands south of BC place. The empty space at the foot of Georgia street will be a celebration plaza (proposed art gallery location remains the same), and the buildings range from 6-24 stories. It will be a cross between the urban form of concord pacific and that of millenium water, with closely-spaced small towers.



 

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winnipegs curent stadium is over 50 yrs old new one is proposed at the university of winnipeg
It's going to be built at the University of Manitoba not the University of Winnipeg. It will be home to both the Bombers and the Bisons.
 
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