REGINA - The Saskatchewan Roughriders are looking to turn out the lights on the Edmonton Elks in the game Friday night at Mosaic Stadium.
The game at 7:30 p.m. marks the third and final meeting of the season between them two clubs, with Saskatchewan winning the previous two contests in low scoring fashion by counts of 17-13 in Edmonton and 12-11 in Regina.
The Riders hope to recover from last weekend’s 51-6 humiliation in Winnipeg against the Blue Bombers in the Banjo Bowl. Meanwhile, the Elks are coming off a 25-23 last second win over Calgary last week and have won three of their last four.
After an 0-9 start to the season, the Elks have shown signs of life since the change to new Canadian quarterback Tre Ford. The Riders counter with Jake Dolegala as quarterback once again for Friday night.
Earlier this week, reporters heard from Trevor Harris as the Roughriders quarterback continues his recovery from injury. He indicated this week his recovery is ahead of schedule. Still, it is not clear whether Harris can get back in the starting lineup by the end of this season.
The game at Mosaic Friday is billed the Lights Out Game presented by NexGen Energy, with plans to turn out the stadium lights for the “Bring Em Out” introductions and for the halftime show. The first 7,000 fans will be receiving free Lights Out glasses to help light up the stadium.
For the halftime show, Regina pop and hip-hop star Tesher will be performing alongside the 620 CKRM Rider Cheer Team and the RiderFlo Dance Crew.
The night kicks off with Coors Light Party in the Park at 4:30 p.m. Activities in the park include a giant pong fan tournament, while 1989 Grey Cup Champions Jeff Fairholm and Alan Ford will be signing autographs.
Air quality an issue prior to kickoff again
One issue that fans will once more need to keep an eye out for will be the air quality. Announced this week was a reaffirmation of the league’s Air Quality Policy in the aftermath of an almost-smoked-out Labour Day game in Calgary.
It was announced in a joint statement from the CFL and the CFL Player’s Association that games in conditions where the air quality health index is 7 or higher can be stopped, with both the league and union agreeing that an independent third party will be used to check the air quality in real time to determine if a game can proceed.
On Friday the index for Regina had been registering a 6 due to wildfire smoke in the city, but there had been word that Environment Canada expects the smoke to clear by game time.
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