Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Farewell Season Events Announced

Rider fans will have one last chance to experience historic Mosaic Stadium when single game tickets go on sale tomorrow, June 1st.  With anticipation for the Farwell Season, a new coaching staff and an influx of talented new players, the Roughriders have announced an initial list of celebrations and game day themes.

The Farewell Season will pay tribute to countless memories and the rich history of Mosaic Stadium.  Each home game fans will celebrate the great teams, players, special moments, traditions and everything else that made Mosaic Stadium magnificent!  The season will be broken down into historic themes with each game and the preceding week focusing on a specific decade, such as the 60s, 70s, or 80s.  The GoodLife pre-game Fan Fest will also come alive with music from those decades and alumni autographs. 

The Farewell Season will launch with a special pre-game Kickoff Party in Regina City Plaza and Victoria Park on June 30th from noon to 4pm. Some season highlights will include a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Grey Cup Champions on July 16th, where the Riders will welcome back and honour members of that championship team.  On August 13th, we’ll look back at the 80s, including the ’89 Grey Cup Champs, and on Sept 24th fans we’ll celebrate the 2000s including the ‘07 Grey Cup Champions.
Rider Fan Day on Sept 3rd will include the traditional team introduction and autograph session as well as a Legends Flag football game where some of your heroes will be taking the field at Mosaic one last time. The next day the heroes of today will take the field for the final Labour Day Classic at Mosaic Stadium.

A must see game will come on October 22nd as the Riders celebrate the 2013 Grey Cup Championship Game, which many would argue is Mosaic Stadium’s greatest moment.

“We have called this facility home for many decades. More than a generation of fans have grown up here, cheered Rider legends and witnessed some incredible moments. It’s been a gathering place for our province, where we have met new friends and played host to our nation.” Saskatchewan Roughriders President and CEO Craig Reynolds continues, “Over the course of this season, we will re-live some special moments and create new ones. We’ll bring back some of your favourite players and we’ll all enjoy the incredible energy of this historic facility one last time.” 

Each week Rider Media will be counting down the great moments in Mosaic Stadium history, publishing stories, sharing historic images and broadcasting interviews with Rider greats.  In-stadium, fans will be treated to video tributes and visits from some of your all-time favourite Rider Legends.

Rider Social channels will be sharing and promoting fan moments throughout the season.  Fans across the province and the nation will be encouraged to share their fondest Mosaic Moments using #mosaicmoments.  The team will be delivering some special surprises for some lucky #mosaicmoments fans throughout the season and running contests to win tickets to the final game, on Oct 29th.

In collaboration with the City of Regina, the team will be providing opportunities for fans to gain on-field access throughout the year, including expanded pre and post-game access to a rotating group of ticket holders and randomly selected fans.   

The team will kickoff the season in Saskatoon with a series of special events surrounding the Coors Light Training Camp which began Sunday.  Rider Fan Day and the team’s first live scrimmage will take place on June 4 at Saskatoon Minor Football Field and on Sunday June 12, downtown Saskatoon will come alive with a Rider Family Street Festival and Co-op BBQ on 21st Street.   

The final kickoff at Mosaic Stadium will be Saturday October 29th at 5pm against the BC Lions.  Fans can expect to see an expanded pregame, an extended halftime show and on-field post-game celebration as the Riders kick off one last time in the long-time home of Rider Nation. 

“This will be a very emotional day for everyone” added Reynolds.  “It will be a game that fans won’t want to miss.  The final chapter in the history of a facility that has meant so much to all of us.”

Tickets for the Farewell Season go on sale tomorrow, June 1st.  

(Saskatchewan Roughriders) 

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