After this CFL season, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are moving into a new stadium. I counted how many times I have been to Mosiac Stadium as either a player for the Stampeders or as the colour commentator for News Talk 770. This will be my 51st time at Mosiac for a Stampeds game. I can’t say I am sad to see the old stadium be torn down or whatever they plan on doing with it. It’s old, dilapidated, needs replaced, and is not fit for the modern CFL. However, I do have many “unique” memories of that old place that will stay with me forever. Here’s just 3:
- The closeness of the stands to from the opposing team’s bench. I remember a game back in 1990. I was on the bench drinking water from a water bottle and one of the fans in close proximity to the bench yells out, “Hey Peterson, you’re a Bum! & you will be the worst lawyer ever”. I laughed as I was kind of impressed the fan even knew I had just graduated from law school at that time. I faked squirting water at the guy and walked away. As I did, my teammate Stu Laird, came back to the bench and a different fan yells out, “Hey Laird, you’re a Bum! & you are a lousy fireman.” At that time, Stu was about to become a fireman. You have to be impressed at the homework the Rider fans do, in order to trash talk to the opposing bench.
- Mosiac Stadium’s Opposing Locker Room: It is the worst in the CFL. Back when I played, all 35 traveling players were jammed into one locker room that is a tight fit for 20 players, let along 35. The opposing locker room had 2 shower heads and one dripping sink. Not the most ideal conditions for a locker room. I always hated dressing in that locker room and couldn’t wait to get out of there.
- The day of the flood: During the Calgary flood of 2013, Mark and I were broadcasting a Stampeder/Rider pre-season game. Because of the flood, during the broadcast, we lost connection to our studio back in Calgary as the station had to abandon their Calgary premises because of the flood. We were told that after we signed off, the station would go off the air. After the game, Mark had to catch a plane with the team and, because of the lost connection to Calgary, I was on the air, solo, by myself, no commercials, no interviews, nothing. I talked for a solid hour about everything and anything that came to my mind about the Stampeders. After an hour of talking solo about anything and everything, I finally just sighed and said, “Well Stampeder fans, I have nothing else to say. So long from Mosiac Stadium in Regina”. I was exhausted and I never want to do that again.
After Saturday night’s broadcast, it’s so long (forever) from Mosiac Stadium in Regina. Thank goodness!
Go Stamps Go. Greg Peterson