It hasn’t been home to a Canadian men’s or women’s national-team match. It wasn’t a host city for the Women’s World Cup or the U-20 World Cup. When it comes to soccer, Saskatchewan hasn’t been a destination for any Canadian national side.
But, could the completion of Regina’s 33,000-seat New Mosaic Stadium change all that?
The Regina Soccer Association has been working with other organizations in the Saskatchewan capital to see if they can attract a major soccer event to the New Mosaic Stadium. The stadium, which will be the home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders is scheduled to open in time for the 2017 Canadian Football League season. But the City wants New Mosaic to be more than a football stadium — so there is a push to bring high-profile soccer matches to the facility.
Devin Masch, executive director of the Regina Soccer Association, said his group has approached the Canadian Soccer Association about its intent to host an international game — possibly a World Cup qualifier if the Canadian men’s national team makes it to the hex.
But Masch said the CSA was clear that, to host a sanctioned event, the turf at the still-under-construction New Mosaic Stadium has to be up to international standards.
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