It was a gift that couldn’t have come at a better time.
With renovations underway at Leibel Field, the clock and video board had to be ripped out. They won’t be back, thanks to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the City of Regina.
They gifted Regina Minor Football (RMF) with the clock from the grandstands and Saskatchewan-shaped video board from Taylor Field.
“We had to take a look at it and say, ‘Will it work for us?’, and I think it will work for us,” said RMF president Kelly Hamilton. “It’s a pretty nice gesture and we can reshape that video board into whatever shape we can.”
A nice gesture with a big meaning when it comes to football in Saskatchewan.
“It’s obviously very cool to have a bit of a legacy left on behalf of the Riders and old Mosaic Stadium,” he said. “The Roughriders have been pretty good to us in a number of different ways in the past so it wasn’t surprising that this opportunity came forward to us and helps with the grand scheme and the new program and the new Leibel Field.”
Hamilton said the company who bought the Maxtron helped dismantle everything. The pieces will be held in storage over the winter until they can be installed. But that can’t happen until RMF gets approval from Wascana Centre Authority.
“Once we get permission, I would think as soon as the ground thaws in 2018 that we’ll begin installation,” Hamilton said.