Every situation is different. There is no one willing to step up and take private ownership of the team. I dont think that kind of ownership can work here, we would end up like Ottawa. There has to be a will among the politicians, provincial and local, along with the feds to make funds available to build one, and its not there. You would have to find a good location within Regina to build, and the best spot is where Mosaic stands now. It would mean rail line relocation, and well, that is a complicated issue in its own right.
As for the "freebies" , well I wonder how many were actually used. I have one for a single game ticket, so I didnt use mine. I wasnt able to make it to TF for the game, but I said attendance, not paid attendance. Im sure the Riders got more than their money's worth for the freebies, and since nothing is actually "free", someone must have paid something somewhere along the line to allow those "freebies" in the first place.