I’ve always wanted to visit and take some time to go see some of the iconic sports stadiums around North America, such as Ivor Wynn Stadium, The Metro Dome, Shea Stadium, Soldier Field, Candlestick Park, Three Rivers Stadium, Joe Louis Arena, Madison Square Garden’s, Wrigley Field Etc….however, as always, I procrastinated long enough that I missed out on seeing some of the “iconic houses” of our time before they shut down or were replaced.
This Saturday marks the final time that the “Grand Dame of Saskatchewan” will stand tall as we make our way to 1910 Piffles Way, one final time, to say goodbye to the most memorable house that one nation has called home since 1927.
Between the good / bad and indifferent there are a lot moments that were made and I’m fortunate that Donnie and have been there for it all.
When all is said and done it’s all about the memories a person has made in their time. Here are some of my memories….
– Our “house” has a storied past that takes me there to the mid 70’s when my father and I would get to “Hemorrhoid Hill” early to grab a Evergreen tree so we had some shade and something to put our backs up against to watch the games…..great times with dad. We also parked the car like 20 yards from where we were sitting. On some of the cold games we sat in our car and watched where it through the windshield.
-Some of the great memories that stand out the most include the great characters that have worked there over the years, from management / staff to the vendors and neighbors, we shared the games with. I won’t even start to mention names but there were many people that took our experiences to another level and we thank you for that.
– I recall the late 70’s and 80’s as the “Lean Years” when we rarely had a reason to celebrate because the winning ways were far and few between. Today many fans spit and fume if we don’t win….you have nothing to be upset about if you lived through the tough years of the late 70’s until relief came in 1989.
– The “pee fog” always fascinated me during those late season/fall match ups or Grey Cup games when it was so cold out, that the steam from the urinal trough made it impossible to see through the crowd….I won’t miss that. There were a lot of cold night games that I held it for longer than I should have.
– I remember the changing of the Tartan Turf to the Omni Turf…….what a blown out controversy that was! Everybody was screaming for grass.
– To all the opposing team fans….thank you! I love the fact that other CFL fans from around the country would want to come to our “house” just to get a taste of the loud and wild atmosphere that is legendary. (We even won a CFL award because of our fans). It was amazing how complete strangers would come together and embrace one another because we had a common passion for our team.
I have many more memories but I won’t consume any more of your time. I, for one, will probably shed a tear for “The Mother Church” of the CFL on Saturday afternoon as we say goodbye. I will take some time to reflect on how my life was molded by a place, time and a nation that was built on many memories.
Please enjoy all the photo’s …I’ts the friends and characters that made Mozaic Stadium/Taylor Field. You would not believe the struggle I had to get it down to this many.