A new entertainment district in Regina could be on the horizon


The future of Regina arenas could look very different over the next few years.

On Wednesday, a detailed report will be presented to the city’s executive committee, outlining what might be next for the Brandt Center and what options might be available if the city wants to replace the arena with a new facility.

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The Regina Exhibition Association Limited (REAL) is exploring a new 10,000 seat event center in Regina.

« There is a real opportunity for growth and a real opportunity to revitalize downtown with any type of new structure that goes downtown, whether it’s a new aquatic center, a library or of an arena, » said Tony Playter, CEO of the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce. , said.

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The proposed center would cost more than $100 million to build.

This conceptual image shows a potential development for the proposed REAL Entertainment District.

Five locations were explored for a new multi-purpose event center including three downtown locations, the REAL neighborhood and rail yards on Dewdney Ave.

This image shows five potential locations for proposed Regina Entertainment District plans.

The committee has determined that one of these downtown locations holds the greatest potential, but it has yet to be revealed.

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“We believe this is probably where we have the best ability to build a true entertainment district in the heart of our city,” said REAL President and CEO Tim Reid.

Plans for using the new facility also contemplate new sports teams in Regina, such as the addition of National Lacrosse League (NLL) and Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) teams.

The report estimates that the new facilities would be used approximately 100 days a year, between the Regina Pats, an NLL and CEBL team as well as concerts and events.

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As for the Brandt Centre, the report suggests that it should be reallocated to other uses, mainly in the agricultural industry to showcase equipment or work on startups.

The center could also be used for recreation, with Reid saying sports like basketball and volleyball could be great additions to the facility.

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The plan will be presented to the executive board on Wednesday morning.

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