Rider fans bid farewell to Mosaic Stadium

The last Roughrider game — ever — at the old Mosaic Stadium in Regina Saturday attracted 33,000 fans.

Sold-out final game has 33,427 fans

A sellout crowd was on hand Saturday for the last football game at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. (Saskatchewan Roughriders/Twitter)

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.

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.

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 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.

The night sky above Regina was lit by a finale of fireworks for the old Mosaic Stadium. The city's new football facility, on the left, is set to open in 2017. (CBC)

"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.

The final game at Mosaic Stadium in Regina was a sellout. (Dean Gutheil/CBC)

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."

With files from CBC's Dean Gutheil