New Mosaic is perfectly green… and unbelievably loud

In the brand new $278-million Mosaic Stadium there is lots of green and . . . pardon me? What did you say?

Lots of noise. Lots and lots of noise.

The seats are green. The artificial turf is green. The stadium’s exterior is mainly green. Pil Country, a party section in the north end zone, is really green! The Riders wear green and so do their fans, attired in hats and jerseys and watermelons, who don’t take kindly to anyone sporting rival colours. And it gets so loud inside Mosaic Stadium with the cheering spectators, the promotions, the announcements and the pumped-up music that parts of conversations get totally wiped out.

The stadium was designed that way: With an overhanging roof that reduces the wind inside the stadium, it also captures most of the sound and redirects it toward the field. Using a cell-phone app to register the noise level, it measured 122 decibels during parts of the Roughriders’ sold-out, home-opening, 43-40 overtime loss on Canada Day against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. That’s close to the decibels generated by a nearby thunderclap (120) or a balloon popping (125), but according to one chart it’s less than the 130-decibel maximum produced at other sporting events held in an outdoor facility.

With most of the 33,350 fans wearing Rider green, the crowd naturally was loudest when the home team was playing well. And the patrons showed extra interest in the University of Regina Rams 50/50 tally being shown on the scoreboard; helped by an unclaimed jackpot from the 2016 finale at Taylor Field, ticket sales hit $554,000. After Hall of Fame kicker Dave Ridgway, best remembered for Saskatchewan’s game-winning field goal in the 1989 Grey Cup game, smoothly swung through a ceremonial kickoff, the home team jumped to a 17-3 lead. Bedlam!

In celebration of Canada Day, the CFL honoured great players from all nine franchises with commemorative t-shirts to be worn during warmups and on the sidelines. The Riders feted Number 34, Hall of Fame fullback George Reed. Reed had recovered well enough from a recent hospital stay to attend the game; he received a loud ovation when shown on the stadium’s giant — the size of two basketball courts! — video board. Some fans afterwards expressed displeasure that head coach Chris Jones wore his traditional all-black garb rather than the white Number 34 shirt, but only half of the CFL’s coaches donned their team’s commemorative shirts during their respective weekend games,

Anyway, the pro-Rider noise subsided as Winnipeg rallied and took a 37-23 lead early in the fourth quarter. But it boomed again as Riders quarterback Kevin Glenn threw touchdown passes to Nic Demski and Naaman Roosevelt, forcing overtime.

There seem to be no bad seats inside Mosaic Stadium. There are some nooks and crannies, where rows of two or three seats are wedged in, but the main sections have longer rows. The lower stairways are wide and gradual, while the up-top sections get a little steep and scary, especially where there is only a small handrail to grab. The concourses are wide open and bright, offering opportunities to walk around the entire facility and to stop almost anywhere for a peek at the game.

Luxury boxes, the press box, the Roughriders’ locker room, elevators, ramps and walkways all seem perfect, although the visitors’ locker room could use some expanded amenities. There are a few internal issues being worked on, such as washroom usage and concession lineups, plus there’s an ongoing debate about Molson lightening up its exclusivity deal so craft brewers can sell beer inside the stadium. While some people remain concerned with parking and bus service, it’s evident the people who designed Mosaic Stadium asked lots of questions on their tours to other stadiums around North America.

The only significant flaw at new Mosaic: they didn’t make the goal-post uprights wide enough apart … just ask Rider kicker Tyler Crapigna.

Darrell Davis

Darrell Davis

Darrell Davis has reported on the Riders for more than 20 years and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame media wing in 2006.
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39 Comments on New Mosaic is perfectly green… and unbelievably loud

  1. “With an overhanging roof that reduces the wind inside the stadium”.

    What a novel idea. Too bad the designers of Hamilton’s stadium did not take into consideration the wind. It negatively affects every home game in Hamilton.

    • Lennywasout // July 4, 2017 at 12:18 pm //

      So THF was $145 million….this new stadium was $178….almost twice the price…where would the extra $$ come from???
      If not for the Pan Am games we’d still be playing in the old IWS.

  2. Horsieland // July 4, 2017 at 11:44 am //

    I thought I saw a pretty strong wind blowing a few times. Was I imaging that?

  3. Horsieland // July 4, 2017 at 12:22 pm //

    A-HA!!!! I knew there was a reason the 50/50 was so high. Rider fans suggested it was simply the massive crowd . Guess the legs of the high horse are about to get cut down.
    New kiosk needed…….Crow cake.

    • Only $100,000 of it was, the other 454,000 was in sales at the game.

    • RiderPrider // July 4, 2017 at 3:18 pm //

      Oooooo congrats you busted us! Conspiracy theory proven! We were just trying to make ourselves look better by purposefully deceiving you about the 50/50 jackpot total and its origins! As if contributing $454,000 in a single game is impressive – child’s play right?

      You cut us off our high horse, you have called us out on all our flaws. Congratulations master detective, you win the universe.

      P.S. where is the laughing emoji when you need it?

      • Horsieland // July 5, 2017 at 12:26 am //

        thank you RiderPrider. I read the entire Hardy Boy’s collection when I was young. That’s why I’m such a sueth.

  4. Scottsask // July 4, 2017 at 12:29 pm //

    I said it last week, and I really mean it this week. MUST WIN GAME! The schedule gets much tougher after this week. They simply cannot be 0-6 heading into Labour Day.

  5. Mr Curling // July 4, 2017 at 12:41 pm //

    There was a swirling wind on the concourse but no wind on the field. Also the noise level was high and not just the fans, but the PA system and pumped in music made it so loud you couldn’t talk to the person next to you. I preferred the noise on demand only at Taylor Field

    • AFootballGuy // July 4, 2017 at 1:25 pm //

      Early on, it seemed that south-to-north kicks were being affected by wind, but that faded as the game wore on. Definitely a chilly swirling wind on the concourses throughout.

      The stupid music between every play is a crying shame, and very annoying. Other teams have been doing it for years, but I hoped that was one “fashion” that wouldn’t appear in this new stadium.

  6. Leo Lewis // July 4, 2017 at 1:09 pm //

    I have attended both games at the new Taylor Field and agree with most of this article. However, there is one flaw with the stadium. The seats themselves are very poor. Not only are they quite narrow and flimsy, but instead of mounting the seats into the concrete floor, they are mounted on an aluminum rail. When people move in their seats, the movement is transfered along the row by the aluminum rail.

    Other than that, the new Taylor Field is easily the best stadium in the country. Terrific sightlines; large, well lit concourses; excellent sound system and scoreboard… the list goes on. Even the high seats in the end zone (which are usually poor seats in most stadiums) give an excellent view of the play on the field.

    As much as this pains me to say…. well done Riders. I only wish that the new Taylor Field had been built earlier. Perhaps the halfwits in Winnipeg could have avoided some of the mistakes when building the new Winnipeg Stadium.

    • AFootballGuy // July 4, 2017 at 1:31 pm //

      The seats are also quite tall. My sister, who is about 5’3″, complained that her feet were dangling off the concrete when she was sitting otherwise comfortably. That would suck after three hours.

    • To be fair when your stadium is the newest, you spent the most money on it (inflation would not count for all the extra costs), and you’ve had the benefit of 3 other cities doing it of course it should be the best. Wpg was the first, then Hamilton/Ottawa at about the same time. There will be hiccups and issues discovered with NMS eventually, all major projects have something come up; some bigger than others

  7. Horsieland // July 4, 2017 at 1:23 pm //

    The rider lost $4 million 2 years ago and make virually nothing last year. You might brag about attendance, bit here’s the cold, sobbering reality.
    The Calgary Stampeders are part of the Calgary Sports and Entertainment corporation. The payroll alone is probbaly in the neigborhood of 4 times that of the entire revenue generated by the riders. Apparently the profits make are staggering.
    This means not only do the Stamps beat you on the field they also beat you in the business. They are a far more stable and robust organization than the Rider ever will be.

    Brag all you want about ticket sales, jersey sales and the new stadium,it all means nothing.

    • RiderPrider // July 4, 2017 at 3:15 pm //

      I checked and double checked. Nobody was bragging or discussing the business side of the Riders at all. As long as every organization in the CFL is able to support themselves, I think we are all happy. Nobody wants any team to fail and fold as in a 9 team league it could be catastrophic.

      But please continue with your unfounded tirade.

      • Horsieland // July 4, 2017 at 11:09 pm //

        you cant find stories of bragosious riders fans taking about how they keep the league running with their huge support and having highest jersey sales in the league?

    • ibleedgreen1111 // July 4, 2017 at 8:40 pm //

      They are a part of that corporation. What % do they contribute to the profits? Can you back this up. A link to there financial statement would help. And if they make so much money how come they play in such a dump? Till you can back this up everything you say just means nothing. Just a bunch of hot air blowing from the west.

      • Horsieland // July 4, 2017 at 11:20 pm //

        Well chumpy. The flames player payroll alone is over 70 million. Forbes Magazine evaluates their net worth at nearly 1/2 billion dollars (that’s US BTW). What the stamps contribute is irrelevant. They are part of that wealth!

    • Horsie, where do you get a $4-million loss in 2014? I receive revenue statements every year as a shareholder of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The team received a $2.2-million surplus. Before you start beaking about the Roughriders, get your facts straight. So yes, all these Rider fans including myself, can brag about our ticket sales, jersey sales, etc. Maybe you should attend a game in the new stadium and just see how many people attend each one. I was at the last game and several thousand would check out the venues at any given time. It was an absolute sellout. So please, watch what you say and spout off about.

  8. Judge Jones // July 4, 2017 at 1:44 pm //

    Their seats are very comfortable and bolted in the concrete. And they did not leave all of one end looking like bald prairie. It looks half complete. They also have two (not one) jumbotrons that make Regina’s look like an oversized tv. I hear all of the extras were not part of the 278 millions. So now you are looking at close to 300 millions. And… the worst part… Regina’s concourse is under the seats so when you go for food or a drink you are without a view of the field and no tv’s.

    • RiderPrider // July 4, 2017 at 3:09 pm //

      You must be referring to Old Mosaic because the concourse is littered with TVs so you can watch the game from anywhere in the stadium save the bathrooms

    • Instead of guessing, go to a game — then comment!!!

    • Judge Jones, my previous comment was meant for the person above. Not sure how my comment reached you. But I agree with most of what you are saying since we attended the home-opener against Winnipeg. There are several TV’s in the cafeteria on the Rider side. The seating is very comfortable and spacious for each patron. We found the game very enjoyable from a comfort point-of-view and very loud with the shape of the stadium. There is a trough of air that does run through the stadium by the big screen in the Pilsner seating area, but not nearly as bad as old Taylor Field. But I feel like many others, the new Mosaic seems to be lacking without the closed roof. Simply a gorgeous structure, though, to play football. And certainly one of the jewels of the Canadian Football League.

      • Horsieland // July 5, 2017 at 3:51 pm //

        riders won’t have to worry about the cold weather games. Those games never happen in Regina. They are either on the road or the riders are watching on TV

  9. Hamilton stadium from what I understand is a NO THRILLS low end place that was poorly constructed. The Winnipeg stadium is much better than Hamiltons much closer to the stadium in Regina but poorly constructed also. The Riders new place goes to the next level in every way. Tip top above the Bombers place and was WELL CONSTRUCTED by the right company. Choices are made in building new stadiums based on $$$, local, contracts etc. Sounds like Regina and the Riders got it RIGHT where Hamilton and Winnipeg did not. Simple as that!

    • Take the overhang from above the stands, the endzone seats and the barber shop from Mosaic and you have a stadium similar to Tim Hortons Field. Yes there are construction issues which I’m sure there will be some with Mosaic as time goes on.

    • I’ve been to many Ticat games at THF, great place to watch a CFL game.

  10. Ladd Law // July 4, 2017 at 4:37 pm //

    Be there this Saturday. Go Riders.

  11. Jim take those green goggles off that glare from them is blinding. It’s a nice stadium no one is denying that. I’ve read news stories on what happened in Wpg and Ham and I think it’s a little more complicated than you put it. Not every time someone says something bad about your stadium do rider fans have to view it as a public attack. Relax, you’ll love longer 😉

  12. Again, there’s some of these that pretend to KNOW so much about facts, figures, stadium, etc. and really don’t have a clue. GET REAL!!!

  13. Thank you, Darrell Davis for bringing out some positive news from the negativity other scribes spin and spew out on 3DownNation towards Rider Nation. Our stadium is something to behold. I’ve been there and seen most of the new stadium. Rider Nation has something to be absolutely proud about. Sad to hear the jealousies and lack of knowledge from those other fans that comment, yet have never been there. Seeing on TV and being there, are two different things.

  14. Jeff259 // July 5, 2017 at 1:27 am //

    Tim Hortons field was not built for the Ticats, but rather the Pan Am games. It was a stadium built not specifically for football compared to Winnipeg and Regina, that is the difference. It will likely require a retro fit in the years to come to make it a more specific football environment, similar to what BMO field underwent recently after it too was built on the cheap to accommodate Toronto FC.

  15. Anonymous // July 9, 2017 at 1:42 pm //

    Omg..horseland..have you ever been to a stump vs Rider game in your park?
    Prolly Not,as your complete jealousy of all things green won’t let you.
    I ‘ve been to that old stadium..and there is always more Rider fans then stump fans. Find a stump site to bitch on.Nobody really cares what you have to say.
    Open your eyes Ridernation is everywhere.

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