Mosaic Stadium ‘would have interest in hosting NFL regular season games’

Mosaic Stadium wants to be considered for hosting National Football League games in the future.

After the NFL stated the league would love to play regular season games in Canada, Saskatchewan’s crown jewel has expressed its curiosity.

“We certainly would have interest in hosting NFL regular season games with the support of the leagues and under the right scenario,” Regina Exhibition Association Limited communications manager Sabeen Ahmad said in a statement.

“Of course, right now our focus is on preparing to be ready for when we are able to have the Green and White back in Mosaic Stadium, but we are always open to have discussions with regards to other hosting opportunities.”

The NFL’s enhanced 17-game regular season will ensure that beginning in 2022, every franchise will play internationally at least once every eight years. The scheduling of up to four neutral site games per year in a country outside the United States will focus initially on Canada, Europe, Mexico, South America and the United Kingdom.

The city of Regina had discussions with the Las Vegas Raiders about hosting an NFL pre-season game in August 2019, but that was ultimately played at IG Field in Winnipeg. However, Mosaic Stadium did host the NHL Heritage Classic in October, 2019 between the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames.

The capacity of Mosaic Stadium is 33,350 which could be small, but the facility is state of the art and its amenities would be up to NFL standards. There has never been an NFL game of any kind played in Saskatchewan.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.