Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field

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Mosaic Stadium
Taylor Field
Mosaic Stadium Logo.png
Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field.jpg
Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field current configuration.
Former namesPark de Young (1936-1946)
Location1910 Piffles Taylor Way
P.O. Box 1966
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 3E1
Phone: (306) 569-2323
Opened1936
OwnerCity of Regina
SurfaceDirt (1936-1946)
Grass (1946-78)
3M Tartan Turf (1979-87)
OmniTurf (1988-1999)
AstroTurf (2000-06)
FieldTurf (2007-present)
Construction costUnknown
ArchitectUnknown
CapacityFootball: 32,848[1] (55,438 with temporary seating)
Tenants
Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL)
Regina Rams (CIS football)
2005 Canada Games (field hockey)
Regina Thunder (CJFL)
Regina High School Football
Regina Riot (WWCFL)
 
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Mosaic Stadium
Taylor Field
Mosaic Stadium Logo.png
Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field.jpg
Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field current configuration.
Former namesPark de Young (1936-1946)
Location1910 Piffles Taylor Way
P.O. Box 1966
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 3E1
Phone: (306) 569-2323
Opened1936
OwnerCity of Regina
SurfaceDirt (1936-1946)
Grass (1946-78)
3M Tartan Turf (1979-87)
OmniTurf (1988-1999)
AstroTurf (2000-06)
FieldTurf (2007-present)
Construction costUnknown
ArchitectUnknown
CapacityFootball: 32,848[1] (55,438 with temporary seating)
Tenants
Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL)
Regina Rams (CIS football)
2005 Canada Games (field hockey)
Regina Thunder (CJFL)
Regina High School Football
Regina Riot (WWCFL)

Mosaic Stadium is an open-air sports stadium located in Regina, Saskatchewan, which is used primarily to play Canadian football. It has been the home of the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders in rudimentary form since 1910 and as a complete stadium since 1936. Additionally, it is 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 is also used to play high school football.

It is owned and managed by the city of Regina. The field has artificial turf and, as of 2012, a seating capacity of 32,848.[1]

History[edit]

The stadium is located in the North Central portion of Regina. Beginning in 1910, the original "Regina Roughriders" played on a field known as Park Hughes, which is located where the stadium still stands today. In 1927, Park Hughes and the adjoining Park de Young were reconfigured to provide a better venue to accommodate the growing number of Roughrider fans. The first permanent grandstand was built in 1936.

Originally, the playing surface was dirt; new topsoil was added every year. However, 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 (forerunner of the Saskatchewan 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[2][3][4]

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.[5] 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.[5] 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.[6]). With tickets in high demand coming off their Grey Cup season, an extra 2,145 seats were added, bringing the capacity to 30,945.[7] 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.[8]

On February 24, 2012, the team announced a $14 million renovation plan known as the "Legacy Project", preparing the stadium to host 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), 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.[9] Phase two will add more temporary seating to bring the stadium capacity up to 45,000 for the Grey Cup. Following the game, the capacity will fall back down to 33,000.[10]

Notable events[edit]

Football and other sports[edit]

Concerts[edit]

Paul McCartney performing at Mosaic Stadium in August 2013.

Replacement[edit]

On July 14, 2012, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and former Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco, ceremoniously announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the funding of a new open-air stadium to replace Mosaic Stadium as the home of the Roughriders by the 2017 season. It is expected to cost at least $278 million to build. Regina City Council has yet to approve the debt required for their end of the deal. The new stadium will moved to a new location after 107 years at Taylor Field, to Regina's exhibition grounds, Evraz Place, also home of the Agridome.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b 4 new things about Mosaic Stadium
  2. ^ a b "A new, old name". The Leader-Post. 2006-06-23. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  3. ^ a b Vanstone, Rob (2006-06-24). "Family was OK with stadium name". The Leader-Post. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Rider partnership leads to new name" (Press release). Saskatchewan Roughriders. 2006-06-23. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  5. ^ a b http://football.ballparks.com/CFL/Saskatchewan/
  6. ^ "Riders sell out entire season for first time in team history". Regina Leader-Post. 2008-10-26. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  7. ^ "Roughriders add seats at Mosaic Stadium following string of sellouts". Regina Leader-Post. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  8. ^ http://www.leaderpost.com/sports/Riders+sales+still+amaze/4885366/story.html Riders' sales still amaze
  9. ^ "New-look Mosaic Stadium set for debut". Leader-Post. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  10. ^ http://www.cfl.ca/article/riders-unveil-14-million-grey-cup-legacy-project Legacy Project
  11. ^ "Riders proposed pay cut: B.C.-bound McCallum". CBC Sports. 2006-02-23. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 

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