Jubilant Roughrider fans pour onto streets
Team in 1st ever Grey Cup game at home
In Regina, the Grey Cup party to end all Grey Cup parties has begun.
Minutes after the Saskatchewan Roughriders clinched the Canadian Football League western division title with a 35-13 victory over the Calgary Stampeders, fans were streaming out onto the street in Regina.
In the city with some of the most devoted football fans in Canada, dozens of jubilant men, women and children waved flags, high-fived each other and chanted, "We want the Cup!"
Their joy over getting to the championship was compounded by the fact that for the first time, they would be going for the Cup in a home game.
"We feel great. This is awesome," Jason Drummond said. "This is what the whole province has wanted for the last couple years since we knew we were gonna host the Grey Cup. It's a dream come true."
The snow and cold couldn't stop a sea of green-clad fans assembled along the Green Mile on Albert Street, a traditional gathering place following major Rider victories, and an impromptu parade broke out through one of the city's busiest intersections.
The Riders take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Mosaic Stadium on Nov. 24, with the kickoff at 5 p.m. CST.