- Interest groups are ecstatic about Regina possibly getting new sports facilities.
- The Regina Red Sox has been searching for a new residence. Their current home field, Currie Field, is outdated and only has 750 seats.
- Good claims this bigger pool is essential because it would give coaches and elite swimmers a place to practice together.
Interest groups are thrilled about the chance for Regina to get new sports facilities.
The formation of a new catalytic committee to oversee the construction of three prospective new sports facilities—a new aquatic center, a new multipurpose high-performance baseball complex, and a successor for the Brandt Centre—was approved by Regina’s executive council on Wednesday.
One organization in the city, the Regina Red Sox, has been looking for a new place to call home. Currie Field, their current home field, is antiquated and only has 750 seats.
The Red Sox and Living Sky Sports and Entertainment are working together to build a new baseball stadium. The council decided on Wednesday to spend money on a facilities feasibility study.
According to Alan Simpson, president of Sky Sports and Entertainment, Currie Field needs at least 3,100 seats, better concessions, additional dressing rooms, and upgraded restrooms to compete with other ballparks.
According to Simpson, the class one facilities in Regina “don’t match up in many respects to jurisdictions of similar or lesser size across Western Canada.” “The field itself cannot simply draw any kind of regional or national contests. It doesn’t adhere to the necessary standards, so it would need to be fixed.
According to Simpson, they have had Regina’s Yards neighborhood on their radar for a new ballpark for some time. He claims the city might prefer a downtown location for the three facilities.
On Wednesday, the city council clarified that the exact places had not yet been chosen.
We stated that we preferred the railyards, according to Simpson. “That would still be our preferred location, but it all depends on how much money is invested in capital projects since that produces the best return on investment. The railyards are not required for something to occur; they might occur elsewhere.
There are some places I’d be open-minded about, approach with some scepticism, but still open to having discussions about where would be the greatest place.
Additionally, anticipate the potential addition of much-needed new amenities are swimmers.
Before the Wascana Pool was created, Regina’s competitive swimmers had wished for an Olympic-sized pool. Swimmers are still eager to witness it.
Natalie Good, head coach of the Regina Synchronized Swimming Club, said: “You need a warm-up pool and a competition pool if we want to bid to host national championships and international events.
“We need two 25-meter-deep tanks since both pools must be deep.”
According to Good, this larger pool is necessary since it would provide high-performance swimmers and coaches with a space to train simultaneously. According to her, a new aquatic facility must have an additional deck and spectator space.
Mike O’Donnell, a former city councilor and member of the Regina Sports Hall of Fame, favors replacing the Brandt Centre. He thinks that the city would benefit from a new event venue.
According to O’Donnell, we can promote as a community that we’re offering these things for our athletes or our fans and that we welcome people from outside. “I think every time you can refurbish things, you give a sense of pride,” he said.
O’Donnell claims he would want a new arena to include more seating, a larger concourse, and more amenities.
In the end, he wants the arena to be able to draw bigger events.
Source: Global News
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