The Winnipeg Blue Bombers MUST build a new stadium in the next few years in order to generate enough revenue to:
A) FINALLY erase their debt
B) Compete with the big boys (Edmonton, Montreal)
Let's face it - you can't make money at Canad Inns Stadium. It's obsolete, old, and used 10 times a year at most. Few luxury suites. No restaurants. No "club" seating. How many suites are there anyways? 2? 3?
Even with the Grey Cup being in Winnipeg this year and an expected sellout will not erase our debt. Add in the fact we may have to financially assist the Renegades and it's not a pretty picture. And in 2007 it will be something else that will prevent us from making a dent in it.
I've heard people say "We don't need a new stadium... the old one isn't falling apart yet"... well should we wait until it IS falling apart?
Apparantly the "feasibility study" for a new stadium will be complete in the next 2 weeks. But they've been saying that for a year haven't they? The wheels sure do turn slow in Winnipeg for things like this!
So to conclude my rant, I honestly believe the only way the Bombers will win another Grey Cup and erase their debt is by all the money that can be generated from a brand new, state-of-the-art, made-for-CFL-football stadium. THEN we can lure the top players here. Money talks, and let's face it... Winnipeg isn't an ideal destination for most pro football players.