Management at the new Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan, in Canada, have said they are to develop a plan to deal with issues caused by extreme weather.
Last month, fans that attended a Saskatchewan Roughriders Canadian Football League game at the stadium had to deal with temperatures of 32 C.
Paramedics had to attend to 21 people with heat-related complaints during the game, with two requiring treatment in hospital.
In addition, supporters were forced to wait for long periods of time to use water fountains at the stadium, with the current ratio being just one fountain to every 8,250 people.
Paula Kohl, director of communications for Regina Exhibition Association Limited (REAL), the company that manages the Mosaic Stadium, has said the firm will look at how other venues handle extreme weather in order to establish the best way forward for the stadium.
“It’s the early stages of that but we are looking at what other facilities are doing,” Kohl said, according to CBC.
Kohl said REAL will look at bringing in refillable water stations at the venue, but in the mean time has advised that fans come prepared and seek out shade when necessary.
Visitors to the Mosaic Stadium will be permitted to bring sealed plastic water bottles or empty, refillable containers up to one litre in size, to help offset the lack of water fountains.
Regina’s Mosaic Stadium is one of the newest stadiums in the world, having only opened in July of this year. The venue has a capacity of 33,000 and boasts 38 executive suites.
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