From left: Steve Mazurak, Walt Precourt, Ron Styles, Bruce Axelson & Paul Hill
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced on Monday the first four of 12 Founding Partners: The Mosaic Company, SaskTel, Harvard Broadcasting – A Hill Company,andCapital Automotive Group.
The 12 Founding Partners, known as "The Starting 12", will provide support to the Roughriders construction commitment of over $40 million towards the new Mosaic Stadium.
This select group of corporate partners receive lifelong recognition within the new facility and the ability to secure exclusive multi-year sponsorship and partnership assets, naming rights and other activation opportunities with our fans.
Founding Partners will also have access to premium hospitality areas, including suites and lounges that will provide an exclusive environment for building relationships with clients, vendors and preferred customers.
On May 22, 2014, the Riders announced that their current partnership with The Mosaic Company will be renewed in a 20-year stadium naming rights agreement between the two organizations. With the new Mosaic Stadium, and renewed naming partnership, the two organizations will continue with the partnership that began in 2006.
"Our naming rights sponsorship of Mosaic Stadium represents our long term commitment to the province of Saskatchewan," said Walt Precourt, Senior Vice President – Potash for The Mosaic Company, "we are proud to help usher in an exciting new era for the Roughrider Football Club, the community and all of Rider Nation."
SaskTelis the leading, full-service communications provider in Saskatchewan specializing in voice, data, Internet, entertainment, security monitoring, messaging, cellular, wireless data, and directory products and services. Through the agreement SaskTel will be the Riders exclusive communications partner.
"Together with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, SaskTel's vision is to create a world-class technologically innovative facility and deliver the best fan experience possible for the hundreds of thousands of Saskatchewan people who visit the stadium annually," said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO.
Harvard Broadcasting will continue to be the Roughriders exclusive radio broadcaster on the newly expanded 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network. Combined with Harvard's Mobile Apps and Streaming options, Rider Nation can follow Game Day broadcasts of "Canada's Team" in all corners of the Province and anywhere in the world.
"We are delighted to continue our relationship with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. This new agreement will mark 49 years of Harvard's broadcast partnership with the Football Club, but moreover, it will be the culmination of 49 years of support and dedication to the Riders by The Hill Companies and the Hill Family, stated Paul Hill, Chairman, President and CEO of The Hill Companies. "That support has taken many forms, highlighted by initiatives such as the Television and Radio-thons (1987&1997), Save the Turf campaigns (2000 & 2007), Jersey Auction (1989), East & West Side Club Seating builds, Centennial Fund & Camera Tower build (2005), Rider Shares, Major Sponsorships of the 1995, 2003, and 2013 Grey Cups, plus ongoing support of the Plaza of Honor Dinner and Friends of the Rider's Lottery."
The Capital Automotive Group is one of Western Canada's largest automotive retailers comprising Capital GMC Buick Cadillac, Capital Ford Lincoln and Universal Collision Centre in Regina, Capital Kia in Yorkton, Capital Used Cars in Saskatoon, and Thrifty rent-a-car in Regina. Capital will provide Rider coaches and executive staff with promotional vehicles.
"Capital Auto is proud to be one of the founding partners of new Mosaic Stadium, as well as to be the exclusive vehicle supplier to the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club, stated Capital Automotive Group President & CEO, Bruce Axelson. "The staff of the Capital Automotive Group are honored to be part of this new venture in support of the City of Regina, province of Saskatchewan and the Roughrider Football Cub for many years to come."