New Stadium Naming Rights Annoucement

From the Bombers website:

Blue Bombers To Call “Investors Group Field? Home

The Winnipeg Football Club and Investors Group are pleased to announce they have reached a 12-year agreement to name the new sports and entertainment venue being constructed on the campus of the University of Manitoba, Investors Group Field. Investors Group Field will be home to one of the CFL’s most historic franchises, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, as well as the CIS’ University of Manitoba Bisons.

“Today’s great announcement is another chapter in what will be a spectacular facility and one of the premier sports and entertainment venues in North America,? said Ossama AbouZeid, Interim CEO of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. “Investors Group’s desire to be such an important piece of our club’s future makes this agreement extremely fulfilling. As an organization, we are thrilled to expand our relationship with such a long standing, community oriented institution, and very much look forward to kicking off the first of many thrilling seasons at Investors Group Field next summer.?

“Investors Group is very excited to partner with the Winnipeg Football Club in creating a new home for players and fans of Canadian football for many years to come,? said Murray Taylor, President and CEO of Investors Group. “Our organizations share more than 80 years of history in Canada and more than 35 years as partners in building a strong and vital football community. This agreement demonstrates the pride we have in our past and we look forward to Investors Group Field being a place where people will gather to enjoy sports, concerts and special events in a world-class facility.?

Investors Group Field will be one of the premier sports and entertainment venues when it opens its doors in the summer of 2012, with a capacity seating of 33,500, expandable to 40,000.

The state-of-the-art facility will also host a Grey Cup championship, Canada’s largest sporting event, in the next few seasons.

“All throughout Blue Bomber seasons ahead, Investors Group’s presence inside this venue will be incredibly noticeable,? said Jeff Thompson, chief transition officer of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. “Their influence and business stature in our province is monumental, and we’re thrilled to have their name attached to our home for years to come. With a fantastic line-up of activities and events, including the 82nd campaign of Blue Bomber football, the inaugural season at Investors Group Field will be unlike any other.?

This agreement also makes Investors Group the official financial services provider of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

i'm not one to complain about names of sports arenas and stadiums or anything like that as i understand it comes down to the all mighty dollar. good for IG tho. local respectable company who are class acts that support many many things here in winnipeg. Investors Group Athletic center at U of M also.

Honestly, i'm happy. I could also care less what they call it as it will be the stadium still to me. Canad Inns stadium? Investors Group Field? SuperDuperHappyFunPlaceWhereFootballIsPlayed? doesnt matter.. its the stadium to me but.. 12 years and a rumored 500,000 a year or more for naming rights.. GOOD FOR INVESTORS GROUP, GOOD FOR THE BOMBERS, good for the province as that helps to pay for the stadium.