Reopening plan means a return to the stands
Hundreds of CFL fans packed a pre-game tailgate at IG Field ahead for the Blue Bomber's 2019 home opener. (CTV News Photo: Jeremie Charron)
WINNIPEG -- There could be fans in the seats when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers return to IG Field later this summer.
In April, the CFL proposed a season start date of August 5th. Manitoba’s “4-3-2-One Great Summer Reopening Path” includes three holiday milestones – the second on August long weekend.
At that point, the reopening plan would allow at least 50 per cent capacity for businesses, services and facilities – including at the home of the reigning Grey Cup champions.
Blue Bombers President and CEO Miller said the organization started building different scenarios last year for a return to the stands.
He said 50 per cent capacity at IG Field is viable, but hopes to see that number increase – but fans will need to get vaccinated for that to happen.
“We know our fans want to be around people that are vaccinated,” Miller said. “That’s come back very clear from our season ticket members and our fan base.”
Miller didn’t reveal how the organization will decide who gets to attend games if capacity limits exist, but said they have a plan in place.
“So let’s get out and get vaccinated,” he said. “And then it’s time to go in an outdoor venue and watch some football.”
Earlier this week, the CFL scheduled a call with their board of governors for June 14th. It’s expected there will be a vote on the proposed season start date.