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Regardless of whether or not one thinks that those lands might be well-suited for the new arena, that ship has long ago sailed. The city has been categorical in its preference for a downtown location for the new arena.

In any case, the College Quarter is already a sports precinct and the facilities there will undoubtedly continue to receive widespread use even with a new downtown arena.
Sorry but a 5,000 seat stadium and a 3,000 seat arena don't cut it. This is where a "MAJOR" stadium should be built.
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Old Posted Jan 20, 2021, 4:24 AM
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Sorry but a 5,000 seat stadium and a 3,000 seat arena don't cut it. This is where a "MAJOR" stadium should be built.
Thanks for your concern. As I said (and as is common knowledge), the city intends to build a "MAJOR" arena facility downtown to replace Credit Union Centre. I can appreciate that you think College Quarter would be the best place for such a facility but as I said, that ship has sailed and the idea is no longer realistic. Are you suggesting that a larger football field should be located on College Quarter? If so I really don't see the business case behind it. Griffiths is a fine facility and suits the community needs excellently. Let Regina have the "MAJOR" football stadium.
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What population do we need to get a football team / stadium? I’d like to say the Uni land is perfect for that, but again - Look at Vegas’ new hockey and football stadiums basically in a space considered their downtown. Why space things out so much if we don’t have to? Let’s have both downtown
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What population do we need to get a football team / stadium? I’d like to say the Uni land is perfect for that, but again - Look at Vegas’ new hockey and football stadiums basically in a space considered their downtown. Why space things out so much if we don’t have to? Let’s have both downtown
Well we would basically need a CFL franchise in order to justify it, and given the precarious state of the league in the pandemic, and the general local loyalty to the Roughriders, I don't see that happening anytime soon even if we were to wake up tomorrow with 200k more residents. Aside from Griffiths, we also have Gordie Howe bowl which has just seen a round of investment.

Personally, I think if there was to be another sports facility downtown, I would prefer a soccer field with maybe 5-10k seats to start and room for capacity expansion. That would in turn depend on getting a CPL club in place, which seems much more doable than a CFL franchise.

I seem to recall a news article from a few years ago discussing how club proponents wanted to locate such a stadium in the City Yards. I don't think that would be a bad spot, but you would be fighting against the proposed long-term plans for that district as a mixed-use area, though I suppose it wouldn't be too difficult to integrate. Honestly though, having it somewhere in College Quarter wouldn't be so bad either as a secondary option, provided assurances that the Downtown arena will in fact proceed for hockey, basketball and lacrosse. Putting a new arena and another football or soccer stadium together on adjacent plots downtown only seems possible in the City Yards, and I would prefer to see an arena more centrally located (ideally on the Toys R Us lot if it fits).

Griffiths might be able to be re-tooled on game days for soccer matches, but would the artificial turf suffice or would it need to be grass turf? Is Griffiths even big enough to accommodate a soccer pitch?
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I’m not a huge fan of sports in general but am very excited for Rush games to move downtown. I also hit up a couple Winnipeg Goldeyes game when I lived there downtown - extremely fun just to get together and scream with friends together. downtown has an exciting future - let’s make sure all stadiums are in our already massive - 50% surface parking lot downtown. No half ^%%^ing it on the Uni land outside of downtown!! imo
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The new Statistics Canada population estimates are out as of a few days ago.

The Saskatoon CMA stands at a population of 336,614 as of July 1, 2020. We are closing in on Windsor (the next largest CMA) which is now only about 20k larger than Saskatoon, however any hope of surpassing it anytime soon is moot as the Windsor CMA is slated to absorb the Leamington CA and Essex County for the 2021 Census, adding on about 40k more people.


https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/...020003-eng.htm
https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1...pid=1710013501

Actually there will be 73K added to Windsor’s CMA, as both Leamington CA (52,649) and the town of Essex (20,427) are new additions in 2021, bringing the total CMA population of Windsor to 430K. Windsor CMA now includes all of Essex County.
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Actually there will be 73K added to Windsor’s CMA, as both Leamington CA (52,649) and the town of Essex (20,427) are new additions in 2021, bringing the total CMA population of Windsor to 430K. Windsor CMA now includes all of Essex County.
That's the thing about cities growing in Ontario vs much of Western Canada. In Ontario, when a city grows, the outlying communities at the edge of being included in a CMA are much larger than they are here. What might we realistically expect to be rolled into the Saskatoon CMA in the next half century? Rosthern, pop 2,000? This is why we will always be facing an uphill battle to keep pace with growth in Ontario and to a lesser extent Quebec.

That said I like Windsor. I've never been there but have made good friends from there and wish it all the success.
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