Contrary to what Lyle Bauer and the Bomber Board of Directors would have us believe, our community-owned team DOES NOT require new ownership to build a new stadium.
The Maroons Rd. site is prime real estate worth millions of dollars. The Bombers should sell that land to David Asper or some other land developer and relocate.
An anchor tenant like the Blue Bombers + money from the land sale + govt. money would provide the seed money to build our "field of dreams" with a retractable dome that would operate 365 days a year, vastly increasing the potential for new revenue streams.
The new complex could compete with True North for events and use its unique venue to house indoor sports like soccer, arena football, gymnastics and indoor racing (track, moto-cross, go-kart, perhaps even whitewater rafting like the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing)! Land developers would naturally flock to the surrounding area to build facilities such as a restaurants, hotels, and amusement parks.
The city could offer land, property tax breaks, etc. to facilitate the building of a new stadium/sports complex as soon as possible. Winnipeg Enterprises can accept tendered bids once David Asper knows that ownership of the club is not open to discussion and he withdraws his letter of intent. The city and the province should band together to declare in no uncertain terms that our community-owned football club is NOT FOR SALE.
Mr. Asper isn't a "white knight." He sees an opportunity to make money with the Blue Bombers and so should we.
Once the Bomber Board of Directors unanimously agreed to endorse David Asper’s letter of intent to acquire ownership of the Bombers, they were no longer acting in the best interest of Winnipeg Enterprises and the 650,000+ citizens it represents. The board should either resign immediately or be removed by Winnipeg Enterprises.
Winnipeggers should wake up and smell the coffee before another one of our beloved sports franchises is sold on a street corner like a naive runaway.