With the opening kickoff to the first home (pre-season) game of the 2013 season only a day away, the Regina Police Service is advising all football fans of some planned changes to the traffic management plan at home games and in the area of Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field. These changes are all designed to accommodate the anticipated larger crowds for the 2013 Roughrider season.
This year, there will be additional “No Parking” zones on 9th Avenue east of the stadium, prior to, during and after home games. These zones are necessary to expedite City Transit and to maintain an emergency vehicle corridor for Police, Fire and EMS, should the need arise. Any vehicles parked in these “No Parking” zones will not be ticketed; they will be towed.
The increased capacity of Mosaic Stadium has also prompted some modification to traffic-flow plans after each game. There will be more officers directing vehicle and pedestrian traffic as people exit the area around the stadium. Police are asking motorists and pedestrians to follow directions, have patience and be courteous to other users of the road.
Other reminders to help everyone enjoy game days include:
- Remove all valuables for your vehicle and lock the doors. There will be additional police patrols around the stadium during games to deter theft-from-auto and theft-of-auto but it’s always better to remove or reduce the opportunity for crime;
- Respect the neighbourhood. Mosaic Stadium is in a residential neighbourhood and visitors should always ensure they park vehicles legally, refrain from littering and respect the property of others;
- Consider using public transit or car-pooling to make your travel plans easier;
- Football likes beer and beer likes football, but please don’t drink and drive.
The amended traffic safety plans for Roughrider home games will assign 14 officers and two Commissionaires (parking enforcement) in addition to regular teams on patrol and plainclothes assignments. We love our football, too, but it’s Public Safety First.