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.
The Gordie Howe Bowl may be deserted for winter, but the wheels of progress continue turning.
“The fundraising campaign is in its second phase what we call its ‘quiet phase’ as the committee is looking at some major donations to get us through phase one which is the artificial turf, lights, scoreboard and sound system,” director of leisure services Cary Humphrey said Tuesday.
With the money collected so far, the Friends of the Bowl Foundation asked city council for approval to proceed with phase one construction.
If the Roughriders are to make the Grey Cup, they'll have to do something they've never done under Head Coach Corey Chamblin: win a game in Calgary.
It's the one major stumbling block that remains for the Green and White under their bench boss. Previously the team had struggled in both Edmonton and B.C. as well but this season they finally found a way to win those games on the road.
A couple of Saskatchewan Roughriders are bringing home some hardware from their West Semi-Final win over the B.C. Lions.
Quarterback Darian Durant and kicker Chris Milo were named offensive and special teams players of the week respectively for their efforts in the Riders 29-25 win over the Lions.
The Riders are going to the West Final in Calgary.
It was hardly a work of art but when push came to shove the Green and White got the job done with a 29-25 win over the B.C. Lions in the West Semi-Final at Mosaic Stadium.
The game had a similar start that we've seen before from the guys in green, slow. The Riders did open the scoring with a field goal five minutes into the game but after that the Lions had their way for the longest time with the Riders defence.
Pushed to the brink, the Saskatoon Blades dropped its last game of three games in the three nights against Moose Jaw Saturday night, 4-3 in overtime.
The Warriors came into Credit Union Centre looking for revenge, after falling 4-3 to the Blades Friday night in Moose Jaw.
For the first time in their history the Regina Thunder are Canadian Junior Football League Champions beating the Vancouver Island Raiders 55-26 on Saturday at Mosaic Stadium.
The game was the first time the Thunder have hosted the Canadian Bowl after they beat the Saskatoon Hilltops in the Prairie Football Conference championship game two weeks ago.
The Raiders did actually open the scoring with an early field goal and a 3-0 lead. But the Thunder led by quarterback Carter Hastings would hit Brady Keller to give Regina a 7-3 lead heading into the second quarter.
The biggest game of the CFL season to date is finally here.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are set to host the B.C. Lions at Mosaic Stadium in the West Semi-Final with the winner moving on to the West Final next Sunday in Calgary.
All week the Riders have actually been pretty quiet, opting instead to talk about themselves and not give much of anything that could be mis-quoted or taken the wrong way to give the Lions any kind of so called bulletin board material. One thing that is for sure, they're glad the week is over and now it's time to play football.
A Moose Jaw third period comeback almost spoiled a win for the Saskatoon Blades, who hung on for a second win in as many nights, 4-3 Friday night.
Coming off a 3-1 win in Brandon Thursday, the Blades came out firing and drew first blood in Moose Jaw.
Nick Zajac potted his fourth goal of the season 12 minutes into the game off a feed from Nikita Scherbak, who extended his pointstreak to 13 games with two assists Friday. Scherbak and Nathan Burns hooked up with Collin Valcourt 90 seconds later giving the Blades a 2-0 lead.
The Saskatoon Blades need fan support if they want to hoist the Canadian Hockey League's Movember championship.
"It's a golden moustache," said manager of national events Dave Adams.
This is the third year the CHL is running the prostate cancer fundraiser across the country, featuring 25 CHL teams.
However, Adams said, the past two champions weren't hockey players.
"The last two years the CHL officials have actually won so what we've done is a trophy presentation before one CHL game," Adams said, adding the referees gathered $60,000 last year.