Stadium name has fans angry

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

The backlash is underway in Regina, where the Saskatchewan Roughriders sold the naming rights to famed Taylor Field to the Mosaic potash company.

The most recognized sports facility in the province, Taylor Field was named after Neil (Piffles) Taylor, a World War veteran and former Rider quarterback, coach and president.

So, it's no surprise that some fans are unhappy the Green and White sold out for $3.75 million and agreed to change the name to Mosaic Stadium.

"Absolutely - traditionalists are saying that Taylor Field shouldn't be for sale," commented Rider CEO Jim Hopson.

"I have had some comments - whether it be in person or email - and there have been a couple of letters to the editor (in the local paper)."

But in this case, the Riders should be commended.

The club involved the Taylor family right from the start in the renaming process.

And they actually gave the family the opportunity to kill the sponsorship deal with Mosaic.

That's a classy move considering the millions of dollars on the table.

BLEEDING GREEN AND WHITE: The Riders are interested in bringing Stanley Cup hero Cam Ward to Regina as a special guest for a game this summer - and it's hard to believe the Conn Smythe winner won't accept.

The Carolina Hurricane goaltender was wearing a Rider hat during the Stanley Cup parade this week.

But that's not the first time he has been spotted showing his Rider pride. In the second round of the playoffs, Ward was wearing the hat in the Hurricanes dressing room.

SHORT HITS: The Riders actually had six companies interested in buying the naming rights to former Taylor Field ... Jason Maas will not be a happy camper this week. Not only are the Ti-cats 0-2, but he has also thrown four interceptions and just one touchdown to start the year.

RANT OF THE WEEK: What is wrong with owner Bob Young and the rest of the Hamilton Ti-Cat marketing department? Charging media members $100 for a season parking pass to Ivor Wynne Stadium is ludicrous. The last time I checked, the southern Ontario media actually brings the club business every day at no cost with coverage in the newspaper and on radio/TV.


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