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Sounds like he was playing one city off against the other, but Saskatoon now has the inside track:

http://thestarphoenix.com/sports/local-sports/groups-pro-soccer-push-includes-downtown-stadium-for-saskatoon

...He estimates it would take nine to 10 months to build the new stadium, and he envisions playing games at Prairieland in 2019 and 2020 before moving into a new facility in 2021, he said...Belan is also talking with Regina about putting the team there. One of his ideas was to use a large portion of the old Taylor Field, including the west grandstand. That would have saved him money in stadium construction, and the city money in demolition. The proposal didn’t pan out...“Back in July, when we were still evaluating both cities, it was really a coin toss,” Belan added. “At this point, the differentiating factor is that we’re close to a commercial agreement on Prairieland. We think that’s a suitable facility to introduce the project...We’re getting to a point where we need to start making some commitments, financially and otherwise, for being in the league in 2019. We think Prairieland, assuming we can come to a final agreement with them, would give us a viable venue to start in 2019.” ...

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2 minutes ago, Marc said:

Everyone loves Red Lobster

 

Just now, Rheo said:

Not a fan of seafood lol

Are there still Red Lobsters in Canada? Also everyone should read LawNewz they have some of the more interesting takes on legal matters and have one of the best W T F sections out there.

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9 minutes ago, matty said:

 

Are there still Red Lobsters in Canada? Also everyone should read LawNewz they have some of the more interesting takes on legal matters and have one of the best W T F sections out there.

I know a bunch of people who either used to work at them or presently still do.  So at least in Windsor/Southern Ontario it's still alive lol

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48 minutes ago, Rheo said:

And lots of more details in here including scrapped plans with Regina...

http://thestarphoenix.com/sports/local-sports/groups-pro-soccer-push-includes-downtown-stadium-for-saskatoon

When I read NW downtown in the earlier articles I immediately thought of city yards and I know the city has been wanting to move the operations away from the site. The search for an interim location makes sense as acquisition of suitable land downtown (identified by Belan at the Regina meet & greet as part of the plan) in time for 2019 was always going to be problematic in Saskatoon.

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North Downtown - better for atmosphere, pre/post activities and transit access. Would require a reasonable chunk of change from the city to re-locate the city operations (and remediate the land) and relative lack of parking and slightly dicey reputation would be issues in a city where the suburban vote is very powerful.

https://www.google.ca/maps/place/52°08'04.1"N+106°39'50.8"W/@52.1344793,-106.6662977,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!1m6!3m5!1s0x5304f6d0e6f71673:0xa68159be40b2b36!2sSaskatoon+Police+Service!8m2!3d52.134206!4d-106.666738!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d52.134476!4d-106.6641094

Praireland - Saskatoon's version of Exhibition Place or PNE. Lots and lots of parking and highway access, transit is not good but not terrible, fairly central. Close to one or two things for pre/post but not ideal. Wouldn't need any city money but conflicts with the Praireland activities in the summer.

https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Prairieland+Park+Grandstand/@52.0983869,-106.6756053,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x5bd007d581998aae!8m2!3d52.0983869!4d-106.6756053

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