Winnipeg Pre-Season Game Moved To CanadInns

Looks like the pre-season game between the 'Cats and Bombers on June 20 has been moved to CanadInns Stadium. Even though they knew the new stadium wouldn't be ready for the beginning of the season they planned to use it for the pre-season game as a test run. Maybe Bomber fans can shed some tears again for the last Bomber game at CanadInns Stadium. :cry:

[url=http://www.cfl.ca/article/bombers-announce-update-on-ivestors-group-field]http://www.cfl.ca/article/bombers-annou ... roup-field[/url]
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The club hasn't maintained Canad Inns Stadium since the last game in mid-November, so there will be a significant cost in bringing it back up to required building and safety codes.

Bell wouldn't divulge the cost of getting the building up and running again, but a source close to the matter suggested it could be up to $1 million -- a high price for one pre-season game.

Seems like a pretty high cost !
Have it in Hamilton !!

The price you pay, I guess, for not having a backup plan in the event that this stadium would not be ready.

All last season, everytime the subject came up, all we heard was that the new facility would be ready. And the more often I heard this, the more cynical I became.

And now, after all those speeches. it won't be ready in time.

Now they're saying they may not even play a single game in the new stadium in 2012

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Kinda making me pessimistic about our new stadium coming up in a couple of years

Since their home stadium is still standing, playing there was an obvious back up plan, oldfan, and

they wisely asked the CFL to schedule their their first four games this season away from home.

It is the Hamilton Tiger Cats who are in need of a creative plan if their stadium isn't finished in time.

[url=http://www.thespec.com/sports/article/693160--cfl-bombers-say-nothing-has-changed-with-opening-date-for-new-stadium]http://www.thespec.com/sports/article/6 ... ew-stadium[/url]

Sun Mar 25 2012

CFL: Bombers say nothing has changed with opening date for new stadium

They've created a huge mess for themselves. Now they have to manage two seating plans for their season ticket holders. This will get ugly...

Bottom line they need to err on the safe side and safety for everyones sake and I'm sure most of the fans there will understand that. And get the new stadium right and not rush something that could cause problems down the road.

I think you will find out, once they've collected all the money that the season will be played at CanadInns.

Ronfromtigertown wrote:

"[b]Since their home stadium is still standing, playing there was an obvious back up plan, oldfan, and

they wisely asked the CFL to schedule their their first four games this season away from home.

It is the Hamilton Tiger Cats who are in need of a creative plan if their stadium isn't finished in time."[/b]

True enough Ron. However, circumstances precluded Hamilton from having the same option. That's hardly either party's fault since this seemed to have to be a joint decision.

If the new Ivor Wynne is not ready for the 2014 season, Tiger cats will simply have to continue to play games on the road. I'm sure the contractors and the team have factored in some delays and a contingency plan should the stadium not be ready in time.