Today a big piece of the “Mother Church” of the CFL will come down at 1pm. It is a bitter sweet day as I know nothing lasts forever, but I will carry with me some of my fondest memories of my life spent at 1910 Piffles Way. The best memories are not only football moments but the tremendous amount of friendships Donnie and I built with staff, players, contestants and fans.
We laughed, we cried, we remember the feelings from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, you were always guaranteed an emotional visit. The new Mosaic stadium is a great link to the future, but the foundation of Rider Nation was built on the memories of the past.
My memories extend to the times Dad and I would get to the game early back in the 70’s so we could have a tree to sit under to protect us from the beating rays of the sun to watching the game in our car when it got cold out so we could turn the heater on and honk the horn when we scored. Hemorrhoid Hill was a magical place in my youth….it was my Disneyland. Another memory that stands out is going to games in the late 70’s & early 80’s where there was maybe 4 or 5 thousand fans in the seats. We would buy the cheapest tickets and then go sit in front of the 55 yard line about 20 rows up. Beauty!
Today the final stage of demolition takes place at 1pm with a controlled collapse of the west end stands. Take your camera and your memories and remember what was and whats to come!
One of my Favorite player’s “Bonsai” Bobby Jurasin