As he looked over the arena on the concourse close to noon, the red seats were unoccupied.
Below on the ice, a team of hockey players practised for an upcoming game. The arena has been converted for many purposes, but at the time ice was required. It has also been used as a stage in the past and will be needed for many purposes in the future.
On Nov. 10 and 11 in 2011, 12,000 people set foot in Mosaic Place in the two-day grand opening that officially unveiled the new facility through a free concert, official Remembrance Day ceremonies and a Western Hockey League Moose Jaw Warriors game.
“It’s those type of challenges, I think, (from) that to the concerts we’ve done to the Canada Cup to the different types of set-ups, the different type of time pressures, time stresses that our team has gone through that’s made them stronger,” said Scott Clark, general manager of Mosaic Place and YaraCentre.
A little more than a year later, after many hockey games, special events, concerts and activities at Mosaic Place and YaraCentre, approximately 650,000 people utilized the facilities in 2012. Clark estimated 400,000 of those people used Mosaic Place and 200,000 used YaraCentre.
For more information, see the second in a series with Scott Clark in Saturday's edition of the Times-Herald Weekend Extra.