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05/22/2014 12:00 EDT | Updated 07/22/2014 05:59 EDT

Regina stadium design unveiled

The province is getting its first look at the new home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. It does not have a full roof, but the building features sweeping lines and a design that architects say will cut down dramatically on wind.

The new building, announced Thursday morning, will continue to carry the name Mosaic Stadium for the next 20 years. 

Slated to open in 2017, it will be double the size of the old stadium at 48,483 square metres, but will seat slightly fewer people. Other features include: 

- a total capacity of 33,000 seats, expandable to 40,000 (the current stadium seats 33,327)

- 50 cm seats in the stands, about 5 cm wider than those in the old stadium

- nine elevators

- five entrance points

- 200 concessions

- 38 bathrooms (the current stadium has 22)

Architects say the design, which features a curved roof designed to handle Saskatchewan snowfalls, will also cut down on the effects of the prevailing winds.

Cost of stadium remains unchanged

The $278-million stadium was announced in July of 2012 and will be built on the city's exhibition grounds, known as Evraz Place.

Money for the 33,000-seat facility will come from:

- $80 million grant from the province of Saskatchewan.

- $73 million from the city of Regina.

- $25 million generated by such things as naming rights, to be coordinated by the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club.

- $100 million loan, from the province, to be paid down over 30 years through a $12 per ticket facility fee tacked onto each football game or any other event at the new stadium.

Regina taxpayers will see regular annual increases to their property taxes in order to generate money for the city's contribution to the construction tab.

Officials have repeatedly promised the stadium will be built on time and within the construction budget.

Deputy city manager Brent Sjoberg says if costs rise, some elements of the stadium design will be adjusted to keep within the budget.

Officials have also insisted the facility be roof-ready.

The current facility, Mosaic Stadium, will be demolished once the new facility is open. The city plans to redevelop the land into a mix of residential and other uses.

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