The Saskatchewan Roughriders, riding a wave of popularity following their Grey Cup triumph, have set a sales record for early-bird season tickets.

The sale offering season tickets at a discounted rate ended on the weekend.

Roughriders spokesman Ryan Whippler said the team had already sold 13,000 season tickets— about 4,500 more than the previous record for early-bird seats— with many of those sales from new buyers.

"We expect those numbers to keep going leading right up to the 2008 season," Whippler said. "We wouldn't be surprised if we're over 20,000 season tickets, which would be probably the highest we've ever had."

Seating capacity at Mosaic Stadium is just under 29,000.

Team officials have started discussing a possible cap on season tickets, but haven't made a decision, Whippler said.

Fans should buy tickets early if they want to guarantee their seats, he said.

Whether it's season-ticket sales or green-and-white jerseys, the Riders have been raking in money since the Nov. 25 Grey Cup.

The Ridersdefeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23-19 to take the CFL championship for the first time since 1989.