Saskatchewan Roughriders name Mosaic Stadium auditorium in honour of Jim Hopson

Photo courtesy: CFL.ca/Kevin Sousa

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have named the auditorium at Mosaic Stadium in honour of Jim Hopson, the team’s first full-time president and CEO.

“It was a surprise and it’s very overwhelming,” Hopson told the team’s website regarding the dedication. “I was very honoured by it. I’m very proud of the stadium and of the role I had in making it a reality. To have my name up in there is a nice tie-in with my career in education and my time with the Roughriders.”

The 73-year-old, who is battling stage four colon cancer, was made aware of the honour in mid-February in a ceremony attended by family members, friends, former colleagues, and the team’s current brass. A plaque has been installed in the newly-dubbed Jim Hopson Auditorium bearing the following message.

We proudly dedicate this space to a dear friend, colleague and champion who saw the dream of our province’s new stadium become a reality.

Jim Hopson, the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ President and CEO from 2005 to 2015, served the Club with distinction and devotion as a player, an administrator and a passionate fan.

The Green and White played host to a playoff game in each of Jim’s four seasons (1973 to 1976) as our No. 52.

During Jim’s tenure as the Club’s first full-time President and CEO, the Roughriders appeared in four Grey Cup Games — winning championships in 2007 and 2013 — and established benchmarks for excellence on and off the field. As well, he was a key driver in the process that culminated in the official opening of this world-class facility in 2017.

Fittingly, Jim was inducted into the SaskTel Plaza of Honour (2018) and Canadian Football Hall of Fame (2019).

Hopson played four seasons along Saskatchewan’s offensive line from 1973 to 1976 prior to embarking on a long career as a teacher and educational administrator. He rejoined the Roughriders to lead the team’s front office in 2004, ushering in the most prosperous era in team history, posting record profits and winning two Grey Cups.

The Regina native retired from his role with the team in March 2015, one year after construction on Mosaic Stadium got underway and two years before it opened. The venue’s auditorium is over 2,000 square feet and seats 120.

The team released the following video from the ceremony on Monday.