At this point in the season I am going to guess—if you’re a Rider fan—that you’ve already had an opportunity to check out Saskatchewan’s shiny new, Mosaic Stadium. This incredible facility officially opened its doors earlier this summer and has already played host to a handful of CFL games, concerts, and even an international soccer match.
Mosaic Stadium features a sunken bowl for easier fan access, 20 inch wide seats (with cup holders—no more spilled drinks when someone walks by to use the washroom!), a standing area in the south end zone, and premium seating options including 38 corporate suites.
A few other notable features in Mosaic Stadium include:
- The SaskTel Maxtron—the CFL’s largest video board (apparently it’s the same size as a basketball court!)
- It’s the first stadium in the CFL to be lit exclusively by LED lighting, which allows stadium lights to be dimmed and/or turned off immediately.
- Fans can also visit Harvard’s Studio 620, an 11,000 square foot lounge—decorated with memorable pieces from old Mosaic Stadium—featuring an atmosphere reminiscent of a sports bar.
Located just a few blocks away from its predecessor, the stadium has a seating capacity of 33,000 with the ability to expand to 40,000. That’s a lot of Rider fans.
But what about the players, coaches and staff? What's in this state of the art facility for them, you ask?
Let’s have a look.
First off, the locker room. This place is HUGE! At 4,500 square feet, I’m pretty sure the players use walkie talkies to communicate from opposite ends.
Each of the 72 permanent lockers features a “jewel box” (a green lit storage bin for the players helmet), and two forced-air storage bins for their shoulder pads and shoes to help eliminate odours.
Just down the hall is the barber shop…
…followed by the hydrotherapy room with three tubs. One is a hot tub, one is a cold tub and one features an underwater treadmill.
The training room includes therapy tables, taping tables, two doctors’ offices, a “quiet room” for players dealing with concussions, and an X-ray room.
To get to their meeting rooms, the players can use the “grand staircase,” where light boxes form a picture of players huddling before a game.
Up a floor from the locker room is the auditorium and meeting rooms for the offence and defence as well as rooms for each position group.
Down the hall is the fitness centre, where there are zero dumbbells light enough for me to lift.
And finally, the players’ lounge, featuring a full kitchen, a pool table, multiple TVs, video games, beer on tap, and motivational messages and plaques plastered all over the walls.
Huge thanks to my search partner, DirectWest, providers of Mysask411, for setting up this behind the scenes tour, and for all the incredible work they have done in their longstanding sponsorship with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. (https://mysask411.com/)
Thanks for reading.