The days have past since Taylor Field was laid to ruins. October 27, 2017 will be remembered because it brought us together.
Whether you are a football fan or not, it was an event. Not every day do you watch a collapse of a land mark. The West side of Taylor Field came down on a sunny Friday and the knock down was viewed from every angle. Some view points better than others. Our South of the Tracks gang had a couple, “OH, GREAT!” moments as trains kept rattling through on the main line!
And as you’ll hear on my video, “We waited over an hour for ten seconds!”. Well that’s the way these things work.
Actually, part of the memory is what happened that day. The heavy traffic on Saskatchewan Drive, the man that fainted or collapsed in the parking lot near viewing my location (he was okay). Random conversations about the next big thing to happen in Regina, why there isn’t a roof on Mosaic Stadium, where did you sit in old Taylor Field and which concerts did you see. Strangers just hangin’ out waiting for a show.
The scheduled time was 1pm. The actual time closer to 2:30 – I lost track! Various “warning” horns blew, giving false hope that the next sound would be that of heaps of metal crashing down.
The demolition crew would hose down parts of the stadium landscape, that would cause a stir. If equipment moved that would make people perk up. Pigeons would suddenly fly off, did they know something!! Then the SNOWBIRDS flew from the South crossing over the East side of Taylor Field. No one on the ground saw this coming. And it was an incredible moment.
The final salute to a wonderful friend from the Royal Canadian Air Force Wing 15. If anything, that hit me right in the heart.
The crumble and tumble face first of an old friend.
Later that night at new Mosaic Stadium another surprise for the fan and the man himself; a wonderful tribute to Darian Durant and his Roughrider legacy. Plus the lights out, Halloween style enter to the playing field for the Green & White. OR was it the official passing of the torch from the Old Taylor Field to the New Mosaic Stadium. I like to think of it as the latter. The old shadow is now a pile of rubble the glorious new era of Mosaic Stadium is in full bloom.