The Winnipeg Football Club is going ahead with the David Asper proposal to build a new stadium for the Blue Bombers at the site of the current stadium.
The football club's board of directors unanimously endorsed the proposal from Creswin Properties Ltd. — the Asper family real-estate management and development company — said chairman Ken Hildahl in a press release this morning.
In the release, Hildahl said the club is looking forward to working with Asper and his team, and it believes the agreement will help ensure "the long-term viability of the football club and the Blue Bomber legacy."
Today’s announcement marks the next step in a process the football club started in February. The binding agreement with Creswin will refine cost and other key details of the proposal and establish terms of reference to guide the project going forward. While negotiations proceed on the Letter of Intent with Creswin, the three levels of government will be kept apprised of the progress.
“The board was extremely pleased by the overall level of interest in the project and in particular want to extend our thanks to Leo Ledohowski and his team for their submission,? added Hildahl. “Their proposal was truly visionary, but after detailed analysis the board concluded the Creswin proposal was best suited to the football club’s objectives and capabilities.
“We could not have gotten this far in the process without the leadership of (Bomber President and CEO) Lyle Bauer and his team,? concluded Hildahl. “Their work and dedication over the past many years have helped make today’s announcement possible. They are one of the important assets of our business and we are confident they will play an important role in the club’s future.?
Manitoba Premier Gary Doer has promised that if his New Democrats are re-elected in the May 22 election, the province will help build a new stadium.
Asper has said his stadium proposal would require $80 million in public money from the Manitoba and federal governments.
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