Get out your hankies, Rider Nation — demolition is well underway at Regina's Taylor Field.
Wrecking crews were hard at work Friday tearing down old Mosaic Stadium, the former home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the scene of many happy football memories, including the triumphant Grey Cup contest of 2013.
The teardown follows a summer where fans were able to bid on hundreds of pieces of memorabilia from the longtime home of the CFL team.
The city is paying Budget Demolition $2.01 million to deconstruct the facility.
The work is expected to last until December. After that, the site will need to be rehabilitated into a useable condition so it can be redeveloped into housing and community space — a plan outlined in the Taylor Field neighbourhood project.
This season, the Riders began playing in new Mosaic Stadium, a $278-million facility that's a few hundred metres west of the old site.