Mosaic Stadium (1936)

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Mosaic Stadium
Mosaic Stadium Logo.png
Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field.jpg
Mosaic Stadium in its final configuration.
Former names Park de Young (1936–1946)
Location 1910 Piffles Taylor Way
P.O. Box 1966
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 3E1
Owner City of Regina
Capacity Football: 33,427 (55,438 with temporary seating)
Surface Dirt (1936–1946)
Grass (1946–1978)
3M Tartan Turf (1979–1987)
OmniTurf (1988–1999)
AstroTurf (2000–2006)
FieldTurf (2007–2016)
Construction
Opened October 21, 1936[1]
Closed November 5, 2016[2]
Architect Unknown
Tenants
Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL) (1936–2016)
Regina Rams (U Sports)
Regina Thunder (CJFL)
Regina High School Football
Regina Riot (WWCFL)

Mosaic Stadium (full name Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field) is an open-air sports stadium located in Regina, Saskatchewan, which was used primarily to play Canadian football. It was the full-time home of the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders from its initial establishment as complete stadium in 1936 until 2016, although the team was playing some of its games at the site as early as 1921. Originally designed to house baseball as well as football, the stadium was converted to a football-only facility in 1966.

Mosaic Stadium was also the home field for the University of Regina Rams, who play in CIS, the Regina Thunder who play in the Canadian Junior Football League, and the Regina Riot of the Western Women's Canadian Football League. The field was also used to play high school football. It is owned and managed by the city of Regina. The field is artificial turf and, as of 2012, a seating capacity of 32,848.[3]

The stadium is scheduled to close after the 2016 season, as the New Mosaic Stadium was completed in 2016, and will become the Roughriders' home field beginning in 2017. The old stadium is currently slated to be demolished with the site being converted into a mixed use development.

History[edit]

The stadium is located in the North Central portion of Regina. Beginning in 1910, the original Regina Rugby Club played at various venues throughout the city, including Dominion Park and Exhibition Park. In 1921, the team began playing at a soccer field known as Park Hughes, which is located where the stadium still stands today.

In 1928, Park Hughes and an adjoining baseball diamond known as Park de Young were reconfigured to provide a better venue to accommodate the growing number of baseball and football fans. To make the facility suitable for both sports, the football field was laid out in a unique diagonal pattern, a configuration which would persist throughout the remainder of the facility's existence.

Nevertheless, the venue's facilities remained rudimentary even by contemporary standards. Often, heavy rain would turn the dirt playing surface to mud and the team was compelled to relocate games to other venues in the city, including the RCMP barracks. At the time, the barracks housed a unit informally called the Roughriders who were tasked with breaking in wild broncos for the force. In 1924, the Regina Rugby Club would adopt the Roughriders nickname as their own.

After the first permanent grandstand was built in 1936, the team moved into the facility full time and remain there for the next eight decades. However, for a decade after the first permanent seating was built the playing surface remained plain dirt, with a new layer of topsoil added every year. Late-season games were frequently played in dust bowl conditions. Finally, in 1946, the city recreation board agreed to plant a more stable grass surface.

In 1947 the facility was renamed Taylor Field after recently deceased Neil J. "Piffles" Taylor, a First World War fighter pilot and postwar lawyer who played and coached rugby union and football in the city, and subsequently served as president of the Regina Roughriders, the Canadian Rugby Union and the Western Interprovincial Football Union. A man of legendary toughness, Taylor lost an eye in action during the First World War, and spent more than a year in a German prisoner of war camp, but persisted in playing football in the 1920s.[4] His artificial glass eye was once jolted out of its socket when he was tackled. All play stopped while players from both teams hunted for the missing eye. When found, Taylor cleaned it, then popped it back into its socket and resumed play.[5]

Renovations in 1978-79 increased the seating capacity by about 7,000 seats with the addition of an upper-level grandstand on the west side of the stadium, in addition, the stadium gained an artificial turf surface which replaced the natural grass surface previously used. In 2005, a new scoreboard was installed, which included the stadium's first permanent giant replay screen.

Former Rider receiver Hugh Campbell said in the documentary CFL Traditions in 2003. "When I first saw the stadium in Regina (in 1963), it looked like a farmer had built it, you know, like they'd just added on a few pieces here and there and half of the dressing room was dirt floor, where us rookies got to be. But we had a hook for everybody to hang their clothes on so that was a pretty good deal."

On June 23, 2006, the Roughriders and The Mosaic Company announced a 10-year, $3.75 million naming rights deal. Unlike other similar deals, which have seen original names of facilities disappear, it was decided to retain the Taylor Field name, thus the facility was renamed Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field.[4][5][6]

Upgrades[edit]

In 2005, Mosaic Stadium gained refurbished washrooms, concessions and refurbished seats on the east side, a new sound system, and the new SaskTel MaxTron video board.[7] In 2006, a VIP deck and stands were put in place in the south endzone, allowing the football club to host its corporate game day sponsors.[7] In 2007, the field was switched to use FieldTurf—Mosaic was the second-to-last stadium in the CFL to still use AstroTurf.

On July 31, 2008, the Roughriders announced that temporary seats would be added to the stadium due to high demand for tickets—the team had sold out every home game for the 2008 season.[8] With tickets in high demand coming off their Grey Cup season, an extra 2,145 seats were added, bringing the capacity to 30,945.[9] The seating was first put to use during the Labour Day Classic against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Following the 2008 West Semi-Final game on November 8, 2008 against the BC Lions, the temporary seats were taken down, putting the capacity back to the original number of 28,800. 2,145 temporary extra seats were put in place for 2009 season. Temporary seating was again put in place for the 2010 season; however, the additional seating only raised capacity to 30,048.[10]

On February 24, 2012, the Roughriders announced a $14 million renovation plan known as the "Legacy Project" to prepare the stadium for hosting the 101st Grey Cup. The first stage of the renovations were finished in time for the start of the 2012 season, with the addition of 7,000 extra seats and 27 new corporate suites (arranged to give the stadium a more "bowl"-like feel), additional bathrooms and concessions, the SaskTel MaxTron video screen and scoreboard upgraded to a 60-foot LED screen (with a second display directly alongside, shaped like the province of Saskatchewan), a new 55-foot video screen attached to the west grandstand, and ribbon screens along the bottom of the grandstands. For the 2013 season, its capacity was expanded to 45,000 with temporary seating, which were removed for the following season.[11][12][13]

Notable events[edit]

Football and other sports[edit]

  • Taylor Field was the venue for the 83rd, 91st and 101st Grey Cup games. A temporary grandstand seating for an additional 20,000 spectators was added for each of these games.
  • It has also played host to the field hockey competition at the 2005 Canada Games among other notable sporting events over the decades.
  • The stadium also hosts the annual Labour Day Classic game between the Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers which is usually played on the Sunday of the Labour Day weekend.
  • The stadium was the site of the four longest field goals in Canadian Football League history (note that Taylor Field is one of the most windy venues in the CFL due to the windy Saskatchewan climate and the structure of the stadium itself). Dave Cutler kicked a then-league-record 59-yard field goal on October 28, 1970 (and narrowly missed a 71-yard attempt at the stadium in 1977).[14] Paul Watson tied that record with a 59-yarder against Winnipeg July 12, 1981. Dave Ridgway hit a 60-yarder against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers September 6, 1987. That record was broken by Paul McCallum, who kicked a 62-yard field goal against the Edmonton Eskimos on October 27, 2001 in a 12–3 victory.[15] Ridgway and Mark McLoughlin of the Calgary Stampeders have also kicked 58-yard field goals at Taylor Field.

Concerts[edit]

  • The Rolling Stones played at Mosaic Stadium on the 6th and 8 October 2006. The first concert sold out so quickly a second concert was announced for October 6. Both shows sold out in less than an hour. The concerts reportedly pumped over $10 million into the province of Saskatchewan and together serve as the highest grossing concert event in Canadian history. Together, the concerts are also in the top-40 highest grossing concert events in North America.
  • AC/DC performed at Mosaic Stadium on August 24, 2009 as part of the Black Ice World Tour. Tickets sold out in less than an hour.
  • It was announced on May 4, 2009 that Aerosmith would be performing at Mosaic Stadium on August 9 as part of the Aerosmith/ZZ Top Tour. This concert, however, was cancelled due to the injuries that Steven Tyler sustained after falling off the stage in Sturgis, South Dakota.
  • Bon Jovi performed at the stadium on July 28, 2010. The live music video for This Is Our House was also filmed at the stadium.
  • Paul McCartney performed at the stadium on August 14, 2013 as part of his Out There tour.
Paul McCartney performing at Mosaic Stadium in August 2013.

Replacement[edit]

Main article: New Mosaic Stadium

On July 12, 2012 during a pre-game ceremony, Premier of Saskatchewan Brad Wall and Regina mayor Pat Fiacco announced that a new stadium would be constructed for the Roughriders at Regina's exhibition grounds.[16] With an estimated budget of $278 million, the new Mosaic Stadium will seat 33,000, and be completed by in time for the 2017 CFL season in June 2017.[17][17]

Taylor Field hosted its final Roughriders game on October 29, 2016. The following week, it hosted its final football game, a Canada West conference semi-final with the Regina Rams.[18]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.worldofstadiums.com/north-america/canada/mosaic-stadium/
  2. ^ http://www.reginarams.com/news/2016/11/5/football-rams-rally-late-but-fall-40-34-to-ubc-in-hardy-cup-semfinal.aspx
  3. ^ 4 new things about Mosaic Stadium
  4. ^ a b "A new, old name". The Leader-Post. 2006-06-23. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  5. ^ a b Vanstone, Rob (2006-06-24). "Family was OK with stadium name". The Leader-Post. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Rider partnership leads to new name" (Press release). Saskatchewan Roughriders. 2006-06-23. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  7. ^ a b http://football.ballparks.com/CFL/Saskatchewan/
  8. ^ "Riders sell out entire season for first time in team history". Regina Leader-Post. 2008-10-26. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  9. ^ "Roughriders add seats at Mosaic Stadium following string of sellouts". Regina Leader-Post. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  10. ^ http://www.leaderpost.com/sports/Riders+sales+still+amaze/4885366/story.html Riders' sales still amaze
  11. ^ "New-look Mosaic Stadium set for debut". Leader-Post. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Sask. Roughriders (February 24, 2012). "Riders Unveil Grey Cup Legacy Project". Riderville.com. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Mosaic Stadium to get $14M in upgrades". Regina.ctv.ca. February 24, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ "A List of All Players With Field Goals of 60 Yards Or More In the History of (American) Football". Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
  15. ^ "Riders proposed pay cut: B.C.-bound McCallum". CBC Sports. 2006-02-23. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  16. ^ "Deal signed for new stadium in Regina by 2017". CBC News. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Regina stadium design unveiled". CBC News. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Regina Rams will host playoff game at Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field". CBC News. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 

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