The city of Regina was handed a cheque for over 2 million dollars on Friday to reach a milestone of 5 million from donations made to the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation for the Riders “Build the Pride” capital campaign.
That campaign was set up for Rider Nation to give back to the community resulting in some significant capital improvements inside the stadium including the Maxtron which is the biggest video board in Canada.
Christina Attard is the executive director of the SSCF. She acknowledges her group is typically associated with groups more charitable than the Riders, but she says this was the right fit.
“As a foundation, we take the broadest view of community possible,” Attard said. “For us, that is food, housing, the needs of children and the elderly, but it is also about civic spaces where people can gather and belong and this certainly qualifies. This was a great opportunity to support “Rider Nation” in showing their pride for our city.
Part of the money goes to the construction of three fan walls which will be placed in the northeast Commons of the stadium which hosts its first Riders game June 10th against Winnipeg.
Those walls will be displayed starting June 27 along with a statue.
The Riders Gregg Sauter says that statue will not be one of a former player, but will be something that celebrates the game and the fans who have supported them for years.