Riderville North committee chair John Hyshka at the Riderville North announcement at Griffiths Stadium on May 1. Francois Biber/ News Talk Radio
The growing angst and anticipation for the Grey Cup to return to Saskatchewan has created a unique buzz in Saskatoon.
On Wednesday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders unveiled Riderville North 2013, a series of events in Saskatoon beginning on June 2 when training camp lands at Griffiths Stadium.
Riders’ chairman Roger Brandvold said his team takes pride in having Saskatchewan in its name, and is well aware of green and white fanbase in Saskaton.
“This is a provincial team and there are a number of fans up here in Saskatoon that want to come to games and even further north,” said Brandvold.
“And after talking with people up here it became apparent that we need a Riderville party up here. It is about moving forward and continuing to prove that we are a provincial team.”
The party kicks off with a 24-team touch-football tournament at Kinsmen Park June 3 to 7. On June 6 the corporate is invited to a VIP 101 session with Riders’ staff.
The big event is slated for June 8 where Rider fans from all over will take part in a full team autograph session, followed by a Riders’ practice and kids scrimmage at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon.
When asked about the enormous fan base following the green and white. Brandvold said he’s always surprised about where he gets emails from.
Most recently someone from across the Atlantic got in touch with him.
“Just recently I got an email from a guy in France. They caught on to the game on the Internet and all of a sudden fell in love with the CFL and the Saskatchewan Roughriders,” said Brandvold.
Riderville North takes a break and returns with festivities on Nov. 23 when the Grey Cup festival rolls into Saskatoon. Brandvold said this will be a culminating Riderville North celebration and a party for Rider nation.