After more than a week of collaborative planning sessions with Winnipeg Transit, Winnipeg City Police, Winnipeg Public Works, the University of Manitoba and other stakeholders, the Winnipeg Football Club today unveiled enhancements to its parking & transportation plan for Blue Bomber games at Investors Group Field.
“Our football fans deserve the best experience possible on game day and we are committed to doing whatever it takes to make sure they get it,” said Jim Bell, Vice-President and COO of the Winnipeg Football Club. “We thank them immensely and ask for their patience as we all continue to work through these early stage growing pains.”
Bell added that while all partners and stakeholders believe the changes will improve parking and traffic flows, they are equally committed to even further enhancements that may result from the experience the team will gain handling fans and traffic during Saturday’s Taylor Swift concert and next Thursday’s Blue Bomber game.
ENHANCEMENTS FOR THE JUNE 27 BLUE BOMBER GAME INCLUDE:
1. Significantly Increased Transit Capacity:
2. Dedicated Special Event Bus-Only Lanes
3. Winnipeg Police Service at Key Intersections:
4. Earlier Access to Campus and Stadium on June 27:
5. Improved On Campus Parking Process:
6. More Parking “Booster” Lots along Pembina:
7. Expanded Bike Valet:
Also resulting from these stakeholder discussions, details on a customized plan for the Taylor Swift concert were discussed earlier this week. Check out www.investorsgroupfield.ca/concerts/ for full details.
“Among the many things we learned since our Exhibition game is that each event has unique needs that require some customization,” said Bell. “As a result, we have created separate web pages for Concerts and Blue Bombers on www.investorsgroupfield.ca. We encourage fans to check out the exact event they plan to attend as details will vary.”
He pointed to the need to provide Taylor Swift fans with large drop-off zones – a very different requirement than what is needed for Blue Bomber games.