A year of talking about it and now it's come to fruition. The Saskatchewan Roughriders will play in the 101st Grey Cup at home in front of Rider Nation.
The Green and White got there thanks to a dominating 35-13 win over the Calgary Stampeders in the West Final Sunday at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.
The family of Roughrider rookie Levi Steinhauer has seen a lot of games at Mosaic Stadium this year - even some away games too. But his mother, Cathy, admits that heading to Calgary to see her son play the West final is something much different.
"(It) definitely will be an emotional game this game. Because either he'll be finished or he'll be on his way to the Grey Cup," Cathy said on Friday.
From cowbells to signs to countless jerseys, it’s easy to see just how big a fan Fielder is.
“On a scale of one to ten I’d probably say you could count me as a 13,” he said.
“Every single day of the year I will have something Riders on, either a ball cap, a t-shirt, it doesn’t matter. If it’s September it doesn’t matter if it’s a day after a loss I will still back this team.”
The Riders and Stampeders are set to do battle yet again.
This time it's with a berth in the 101st Grey Cup on line as the Riders are in Calgary for the West Final. It's basically perfect ending to the playoffs, these two teams have been neck-and-neck most of the year in the West Division standings, they've been involved in some of the biggest and most intense games this season and now the biggest meeting of them all will settle the score once and for all.
About 900 people around Coronach and Big Beaver will be able to watch this weekend's CFL West final between Riders and Stampeders from the comfort of their couches.
But they were almost left scrambling to find a television if not for a few quick thinking fans. SaskPower had advertised they would be cutting power off to the area on Sunday to do maintenance.
When residents heard about the planned outage they flooded the utility with complaints.
He is known for whipping the crowd at Mosaic Stadium into a cheering frenzy, but the loveable mascot known as Gainer the Gopher will not be making the trip to Calgary for the CFL’s West Final.
Maybe it was a case of poking his head where it didn’t belong but there was somewhat of a controversy back in 2006 when Gainer was apparently banned from McMahon Stadium. The crowd in Calgary always has a large presence of green and white fans to the point where it is often close to being split down the middle in terms of fan support.
The Roughriders injury concerns stretch beyond receiver Chris Getzlaf.
Heading into this week ahead of the West Final in Calgary Getzlaf was the biggest question mark after he missed the last week of the regular season and the West Semi-Final with a knee injury that he suffered in Calgary a few weeks ago.
On Wednesday Chamblin did confirm that Getzlaf practiced but that was about it. On Thursday the doors were opened to the media after practice was closed on Wednesday. Getzlaf was practicing with the offence but his status does remain up in the air.
It may be cold on Sunday in Calgary but the emotions will definitely be running hot between the Roughriders and the Stampeders.
The two teams simply do not like each other.
"They hate us, we hate them," said defensive end Ricky Foley. "They want to his us in the mouth, we want to hit them in the mouth."
Head coach Corey Chamblin was asked about the emotions of this game on Tuesday and he suggested that his team should play with some. But he insists they need to walk a fine line and make sure that they use that emotion to finish plays.
With one week left before the Grey Cup festival begins, Saskatchewan Roughrider President Jim Hopson is dividing his time between preparing Regina for the events and managing a football team that has yet to make it to the final.
On John Gormley Live Wednesday, Hopson said he’s confident the festival will go off without a hitch.
“It’s been a tremendous amount of work over the last 18 months. But it’s all coming together and we’re feeling pretty good about where we’re at,” he said.
Now the Saskatchewan Roughriders have moved on to Sunday’s CFL West Final in Calgary against the Stampeders, there is no doubt the stands at McMahon Stadium will resemble Christmas decorations with a mix of red and green.
This game has a heightened importance on it for the Riders since the Stampeders are all that stands in their way en route to playing in a Grey Cup in their home city for the first time in franchise history.
Local businesses are feeling the rush of fans looking to book a trip out west for the game against the Stamps.