To some, it’s just a physical structure, but to others, the old Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field is a symbol of pride, elation, frustration, anger and many more polarizing emotions.
Experiences may differ, but on Friday afternoon crowds are expected to gather to watch the west side grandstand at Taylor Field be knocked down after standing for decades.
“I look forward to being a part of the celebration and sadness,” said Loren Gill, whose home on Garnet Street rests right behind the grandstand.
Looking out of Gill’s kitchen window towards the backyard shows a direct view of the venue. At least, for now.
“It’s a little bit eerie. I think it’s going to be interesting once it’s demolished.”
Gill said on a normal day looking out his window all he’d see is the stadium and virtually no sky. Soon, he’ll be able to see the sunset from his kitchen for the first time since he’s lived in that home.
The view might improve, but the vibe of the area is likely going to be scaled back with the decommissioning of the 33,000 seat building.
“When it was up and running we could hear the different shows and football games and the fighter jets coming over the house. It was kind of exciting,” Gill said. “I’ve hopped on the bandwagon a bit just in terms of the energy in the neighbourhood.”
The public is invited to come watch the structure fall.
For those who can’t make it down to the stadium, the 980 CJME Facebook page will have a live stream video of the demolition starting at 1 p.m.