Rider fans bid farewell to Mosaic Stadium
Sold-out final game has 33,427 fans
The last Roughrider game — ever — at the old Mosaic Stadium in Regina Saturday attracted 33,000 fans.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are set to move into a new $278-million facility for the 2017 CFL season. The new Mosaic Stadium has already had a successful test run at 50 per cent capacity for a university football game.
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The old stadium was a sellout on Saturday for a game between the hometown Riders and the visiting B.C. Lions. The official count was 33,427. The home team lost to B.C. 24-6.
Fans were treated to an extended half-time show and a post-game ceremony to conclude the 2016 home season for the team and say goodbye to the building that has been the permanent home of the football club since 1947 when Taylor Field was developed from two existing city-owned athletic fields.
All that's left to say is "Thank You". <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FarewellSeason?src=hash">#FarewellSeason</a> <a href="https://t.co/57AMvittuO">pic.twitter.com/57AMvittuO</a>—@sskroughriders
The stands remained full after the end of the game as the crowd watched a 20-minute video presentation that recounted the history of Taylor Field and recapped memorable highlights in the history of the team.
The Grey Cup is here. George Reed. Many others. This is too much. Tears. In eyes. All over this stadium. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MosaicMoments?src=hash">#MosaicMoments</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CFL">@CFL</a> <a href="https://t.co/46xA3TE4FA">pic.twitter.com/46xA3TE4FA</a>—@Devin_Heroux
The crowd roared its approval for many highlights and sports legends of the past.
Finally, with quarterback Darian Durant leading a countdown, flanked by Rider royalty including George Reed, a tremendous burst of fireworks lit up the stadium.
"This has been a game and a moment that our fans have been anticipating for over a year," Craig Reynolds, CEO of the Roughriders said, prior to the game. "It is sure to be an emotional day and one we will never forget."
Reynolds noted the team has played 611 times, including Saturday, at Mosaic.
Tonight, we all bid farewell. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CFLGameday?src=hash">#CFLGameday</a> <a href="https://t.co/7tjqB50oYx">pic.twitter.com/7tjqB50oYx</a>—@sskroughriders
The game attracted fans from far and wide, including Winnipeg, Calgary and elsewhere.
"I come back for every game," Roger Hodges, who was born in Regina, raised in Swift Current and now lives in Calgary, said.
Hodges said he has been reflecting on the end of an era.
"It's bittersweet," he said. "I've shed a few tears watching what some of the reporters have been saying about it."
Taking in the LAST <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Roughriders?src=hash">#Roughriders</a> game at Mosaic Stadium tonight. GO RIDERS!! <a href="https://twitter.com/sskroughriders">@sskroughriders</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/yqr?src=hash">#yqr</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FarewellSeason?src=hash">#FarewellSeason</a> <a href="https://t.co/oyeKPVrG8w">pic.twitter.com/oyeKPVrG8w</a>—@EatSimplyYQR
<a href="https://twitter.com/sskroughriders">@sskroughriders</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BullsClub?src=hash">#BullsClub</a> 🐂 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/frontrow?src=hash">#frontrow</a> Last game at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TaylorField?src=hash">#TaylorField</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MosaicStadium?src=hash">#MosaicStadium</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LionsvsRiders?src=hash">#LionsvsRiders</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RiderNation?src=hash">#RiderNation</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CFL?src=hash">#CFL</a> 🏈 <a href="https://t.co/5sIlQetjQP">pic.twitter.com/5sIlQetjQP</a>—@Big_G_09
With files from CBC's Dean Gutheil