Preserving history at Richardson Stadium

Preserving history at Richardson Stadium

June 23, 2016


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Pat Sheahan, head coach of the Queen's Gaels football team, hands over one of the two time capsules that were buried at Richardson Stadium as revitalization work continues at the site. (Supplied Photo)

Two time capsules were buried at Queen's University's Richardson Stadium on Wednesday afternoon with items that pay tribute to the past, present and future at the revitalized sports venue.

Queen’s football head coach Pat Sheahan, a Vanier Cup champion as head coach in 2009 with the Gaels, helped place the stainless steel capsules under the playing surface of the stadium.

Some of the items featured in the time capsules include:

- A football from the groundbreaking ceremony
- CIS and OUA gold medals
- Team photos of the four Vanier Cup championship football teams (1968, 1978, 1992 and 2009)
- The cover of the Gael Force book on the history of Queen's Football by Merv Daub
- Information on the upcoming celebration of the 175th anniversary of Queen's University 

Several undisclosed “lucky” items held over from the previous rendition of Richardson Stadium were also included in the capsules.

The Queen's football Gaels begin their regular season when they visit the Laurier Golden Hawks in Waterloo on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 1 pm. Queen’s will officially open the new Richardson Stadium in the home opener on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7 pm against the Western Mustangs.

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The Richardson Stadium revitalization project is a priority within Queen’s $500-million Initiative Campaign. It is the next step in the university’s efforts to enhance its athletics and recreation facilities to promote the health and wellness of all students. Other recent projects include the Athletics and Recreation Centre and the redevelopment of Tindall, Nixon, and Miklas-McCarney fields.