Construction is now underway for the new Mosaic Stadium in Regina.
On Monday morning, Regina Mayor Michael Fougere was joined by representatives from the province, Roughriders, PCL Management Inc, Mosaic Company and the Regina Exhibition Association to break ground at the site of the new stadium.
"The site is ready to go," Fougere told the media following the ground breaking. "all the underground work has been done and we're ready to start digging the big hole."
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced their first round of cuts.
All teams across the CFL had to be down to 65-man rosters plus non-counters as of 10 p.m. Saskatchewan time on Sunday night.
At the end of the day the outcome didn't really matter, but the 2014 Saskatchewan Roughriders season is off on the right foot.
At times it even felt like 2013 with the Riders starting slowly but ultimately finding their way in a 21-17 win over the Ottawa RedBlacks at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday.
The game was far more important for evaluating what the players can do. Coaching staff and fans learned a few things about new players and got to see an apparent battle brewing for kick returner.
Final preparations are being done to Mosaic Stadium in Regina to get it ready to host the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Ottawa RedBlacks pre-season game Saturday afternoon.
It’ll be the first Rider game at the stadium since the team’s monumental 45-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 101st Grey Cup last November.
The last time the Saskatchewan Roughriders played at Mosaic Stadium they won the Grey Cup.
On Saturday the Green and White takes on the Ottawa RedBlacks but the first game of the pre-season won't make for a nice day.
Terri Lang with Environment Canada says, "to be prepared for showers and thundershowers."
A low-pressure system will be hovering over Regina in the afternoon right around kick-off time at 4:00 p.m.
As much as Rider fans wish for a nice day to watch the game, it likely won't stop them from coming out.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders open their pre-season against the Ottawa RedBlacks at Mosaic Stadium .
Attached is the team's depth chart for today's game.
The Green Zone Pre-Game show gets underway at 1 p.m. on News Talk Radio. The Post-Game show follows the final whistle with analysis, your calls, texts and reaction from the locker room.
Enough business, it's time to talk football.
For the first time since November 24, 2013 the Saskatchewan Roughriders will take to the field at Mosaic Stadium, oddly enough this time as the road team, as they take on the Ottawa RedBlacks in the pre-season opener for both teams.
Since the green and white won the Grey Cup on that day some six months ago a lot has changed. First, Ottawa actually has a team but also the Riders have lost nearly 20 players from that roster and now it's time to figure out who will plug the holes left behind.
The fans are happy, the owners are happy and the players are ready to play football.
The CFL and the CFLPA have both voted to approve the new collective bargaining agreement. The players did so on Thursday while the owners followed suit on Friday, meaning the CFL season will start on time.
The foundation of the Saskatchewan Roughriders has been built on local talent for years.
Two current starters on the offensive line hail from the flat lands as do some of the best ever to work the line of scrimmage.
While hometown stars haven't been flashy, they're hard working and get the job done. Just last season the roster was filled with names like Brendon LaBatte, Ben Heenan, Zack Evans, Graig Newman, Neal Hughes, Scott McHenry, and Dan Clark.
The end is near for Riders training camp - at least the Saskatoon portion.
With just one final walk through scheduled for Friday morning at Griffiths Stadium, the team will then pack everything up and head back to Regina where they will face the Ottawa RedBlacks in their first pre-season game on Saturday at Mosaic Stadium.