I have been watching the demo work on the old Mosaic Stadium over the past few days and, like many of you, it begins to conjure up memories and stories of the old place. Before one knows it there will be new developments and only a marker/monument will occupy the location.
The year was 1996 and somehow I had won a pair of vouchers to a Saskatchewan Roughriders game. I was the ripe old age of 10 and I really wanted to go to a Riders game. We bought a few extra tickets on top of the vouchers, took two cousins, and headed for Taylor Field. I remember the night well. It was a cold, wet day just before the game and we bundled up with sweaters, heavy jackets and garbage bags thinking the rain would continue. The football weather gods must have been watching because as the Riders took to the field, the sky cleared and it became a beautiful night for football. We were WAY overdressed.
The BC Lions were in town that night. I don’t remember what the score was, but I do remember BC being a very tough team. It was a thrilling game in front of over 20 thousand fans. That’s the first time I had heard “Rider Nation” noise and it was deafening! For a 10 year old kid, it was an unforgettable experience and one that our family still talks about today. We went to several more games after that. Sometimes we sat on the side with the roof, other times we sat on the “sunny side.”
There are thousands of stories like mine. The stories, the history, and the experiences will live on for years to come and new ones will surely be created at new Mosaic Stadium. What will you miss most about old Mosaic Stadium?