By now, everyone in the province has heard the announcement of a new open-air-roof-ready stadium to be built in Regina with ground breaking next year. Everyone seems to have an opinion on whether its a good thing or not and how much money is being spent…..blah blah blah. The fact is – its happening regardless of your opinion.
If you did happen to miss this major announcement you can watch the announcement here —-> LINK
All this talk and speculation made me feel a little nostalgic for Taylor Field and Mosaic Stadium. It will be torn down in 2017. There will be a whole new generation of fans who won’t know it, won’t be able to go there and who knows? Maybe they won’t care either. I mean, I know how it is when my parents go on and one about something they remember from the 50’s.
But then I thought…..
…..wait a sec. Where did the Roughriders play back in 1910?
At this point I was happy that I had purchased my 100 year Roughrider book on sale for $29.
The first mention of a field or park is in 1910 and my trusty book states “practices were held in Railway Park each afternoon.” Where the Railway Park is located….it doesn’t say. One can only assume it’s somewhere near a train track. I can only speculate, and this is a leap, that perhaps it’s what is now Evraz Place. Wouldn’t THAT be something?
Later on, in 1927 the Regina Roughriders played at Park Hughes/Park de Young. I’m using both names because one source calls Park Hughes a soccer field and Park de Young was used for baseball and football. It seems a bit foggy as to which part the Roughriders actually played on but I suspect it was Park Hughes. There were very few seats and people had to stand on the sidelines to watch games. That sounds like a soccer field to me!
John Marshall Young owned a parcel of land that he was wanting to develop. He had hopes that the Legislature might be built there. When his connections fell through he lost his land to the city for taxes. When he relinquished the land he stipulated that it be used for a recreational park and the name must be Park de Young. He thought it sounded more exotic. This is the part where Park Hughes and Park de Young become one…..although its not written anywhere, but this site states pretty much that http://stats.cfldb.ca/stadium/ It only stands to reason since a new gridiron was laid out and additional seating was installed. I love how the website calls it “open air”. No doubt! People were thrilled with the improvements. Now you could take your date to the game! By 1936 there were ushers and even a press box was built.
Enter NJ Piffles Taylor. He was a law student by day and a quarterback by night. Piffles served as a fighter pilot, was shot down in France and was a prisoner of war. He lost an eye but returned to quarterback the team.
Watch this YouTube video of Rick Mercer visiting the Roughriders in 2006 HERE
Piffles went on to contribute to the whole Regina community and when he died in May of 1947 the city wanted to pay tribute. So the name of Park de Young was formally changed to Taylor Field.
It remained Taylor Field through Lancaster & Reed and through the telethons, and then on June 23rd, 2006 the name changed. Mosaic, which is a potash company, announced a 10 year $3.75 million naming rights contract. [According to my calculations that contract will run out in 2016.] Unlike other naming deals, the name Mosaic was added to the stadium so we have what we now know as Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field.
What will happen in 2017? What will the new stadium be named? We’ll have to wait to find out. What I do know is, back in 1927 no one cared about a roof. They just wanted to go out and support their team. Just like they do today.
I was standing on the boardwalk at Coney Island in April. Behind me, a 10 year old boy emerged from the restroom. He walked out into the sunshine, took a look around and said, “That’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout!”
Well, after watching the Roughrider/Ti-Cat game friday night that’s exactly how I felt. That’s how Rider football is played. That’s the team I know and love. That’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout!
I’m not going to talk about stats. After all, you can find that stuff out anywhere else and I doubt you’d be reading my musings if you cared about them. No. Like any other woman I’m going to start off by mentioning how awesome the white uniforms are! I didn’t expect the white on white on white. I’m talking about the white jerseys with the white pants and the white helmets, which, by the way are AWESOME! Mitchell Blair (I think it was) commented that they looked like Storm Troopers and they took to the field like “the empire was striking back”. Or something to that effect. I think that’s a pretty clever analogy. I wish I had thought of that myself.
I loved how Darian Durant performed and commanded the team. He was the leader I’ve always known he was. I loved that we were able to shut down the Ti-Cat running game because I’m sure if they were allowed to get going they could be lethal. I loved how everybody fought for extra yards and how everyone has learned to tackle. I also admired the shots of the locker room and how the team seemed to hang on every word coming from Corey Chamblin’s mouth. Meow!
The only thing missing was Gainer. I guess they don’t have gophers in Steel Town.
So you ask, what could possibly improve the games for my viewing pleasure? Ugh! Rod Black! Really? Oh haha…..you are so funny. NOT! Then Duane Forde gets going. It really bothers me how they run down the Roughriders for three quarters and then suddenly, when they finally realize that the Riders are going to win…..they start with the praise left and right. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the references to the “green riders”. Well, Rod, last time I looked we were the only Rider team in the league and even when Ottawa was in the CFL they wore red.
Also, TSN, I’d really appreciate it if you found more than 3 commercials to run during the game. I think I can recite last years by heart….. Our Man, Carlos! (which always sounded like Arland Bruce to me) There has got to be more than 3 ads that they can run.
The food during the game was excellent. Hubby and I dined on chicken from the Co-Op, with a football shaped veggie tray and Undressler chips with dill pickle dip. At half time we ate watermelon. It was great…..and a great way to kick off the beginning of another CFL football season.
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