Tonight, Friday, June 20th is the second home (pre-season) game for the 2014 Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Regina Police Service is advising all football fans that there will be additional members assigned to managing vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area of Mosaic Stadium. The Regina Police Service made changes to the Game Day Traffic Plan last season to accommodate larger crowds for home games.
These changes are designed to accommodate a higher volume of vehicle and pedestrian traffic and enhance safety for all game attendees and residents of the area.
There will be no vehicle traffic allowed on the 1500 and 1600 blocks of Retallack Street. Access will be limited to local residents only (you may be asked to show that you are a local resident, e.g. home address on identification or correspondence). Fans and motorists will find road closures on the 1500 block of Retallack Street at Dewdney Avenue ; 9th Avenue at Retallack Street and 10th Avenue at Retallack Street. These closures will further restrict westbound vehicle traffic on 9th Avenue and 10th Avenue at Retallack Street.
There will be additional “No Parking” zones on 9th Avenue, east of the stadium, prior to, during and after football 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 be towed from the area.
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:
1) 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;
2) 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;
3) Consider using public transit or car-pooling to make your travel plans easier;
4) Football fans can be beer drinkers; beer drinkers can be football fans. But football fans who are beer drinkers should not try to be motor vehicle operators, too. (That rule applies to drinkers of all types of beverage alcohol.) Please don’t drink and drive.
Enjoy Game Day and be safe!