New Richardson Stadium officially re-opens

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

KINGSTON – 1983 seems like a lifetime ago for former football player Ross O’Doherty.
The former running back played for Queen’s during four seasons.
He says the atmosphere in the early 80’s is far different than it is today.
Ross O’Doherty/Former Golden Gael:
“It seemed like we had more fans. More students came out. It was more involved from the student side.”
Queen’s is hoping its new cutting edge facility will bring back the Golden-Era of years gone by.
Heather Senoran:
“Included in the 20 million dollar project is new modern washrooms, a state of the art jumbotron, upgraded lighting and improved sightlines from any of the 8500 seats.”
Also new is the addition of astroturf… the old stadium had grass.
The changes are welcome by many former Golden Gaels.
Gary Schreider/Former Golden Gael:
“I was a Gael from 1977-1982. Won a Vanier Cup in 1978. This stadium is fantastic. Wish we could have played in a facility like this.”
Ross O’Doherty:
“It needed to be done. The old stadium was dilapidated, falling apart, unsafe. So at least we had some high-profile alumni that stepped up.”
Alumni which include Stu Lang.
He was thanked before the game with a gift of appreciation.
His 10-million dollar donation was instrumental to the New Richardson Stadium.
Fans went wild when the first game kicked off.
Season ticket holder Peter Bearse came dressed to impress.
The Golden Gaels super-fan was decked out in tri-colours from head to toe complete with a cape and headdress… items he collected after watching the Gaels play for more than a decade.
Peter Bearse/Golden Gaels Fan:
“We went on the Vanier Cup run and it got a little out of hand. So my costume just blossomed from there. I’ve tracked all the wins I’ve seen on the side of my helmet with a cue. So yeah. I love the Gaels.
Queen’s says the leading edge multi-purpose facility is intended to be the regional hub for Outdoor sports games – also hoping to host national and international competition.
But regardless of the game’s outcome, die-hard fans and alumni will ‘never surrender’
their support for the hometown team.
Heather Senoran CKWS Newswatch, Kingston.

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