A major piece of Regina’s skyline and history will be no more as of Friday afternoon.
Weather permitting, the west-side grandstand of Taylor Field will come down as deconstruction of the building continues.
Budget Demolition is performing the work and says a big excavator from the side will pull out the bottom of the structure causing the grandstand to fall towards the front of the field.
Several current Riders are talking about the demolition of their former home.
“I played a lot of games in that place from Regina Minor Football to the Riders,” receiver Chris Getzlaf said. “It will be different driving by and not seeing it. There are a lot of good memories inside that building including the 2013 Grey Cup game.”
“It was where I threw my first touchdown pass.” quarterback Kevin Glenn stated. “That was where I started. It was where my first professional training camp happened. I live downtown so I might be able to stand on my balcony and see it come down.”
Former Riders quarterback Darian Durant says it will be strange not to see the old stadium on the skyline.
“It’s a historic building, and it has many memories with the 2013 Grey Cup being the biggest one. When you fly into Regina that is one of the first things you notice so to not see it will be different.”
The grandstand has been up since 1978. The controlled collapse is scheduled to begin at 1 PM.
The Environment Canada weather forecast promises to cooperate for the tear-down. A mix of sun and cloud and a light west wind should make for a nearly perfect afternoon.