The Manitoba Bisons football team will tackle its first on-field practice of the season on Friday, but not on its former field next to University Stadium.
Head coach Brian Dobie spoke to the media on Wednesday and said the construction of the new Winnipeg Blue Bombers stadium at the U of M has taken away the Bisons’ practice field, but warned of a silver lining in that regard. “All of our practices in the sunshine and in the pouring rain will be on our grass game field,” Dobie said. “And our games will be on our grass game field. Canada West, be warned, when you come in to play, you may be playing in a mud bowl, but that’s the nature of the beast. We’ll have to endure for the next year or so with the situation we’re in.”
The Bisons have a rigorous training schedule in store as coach Dobie has drills and other exercises planned every day until August 27.
The team is welcoming 88 players to this year’s training camp, comprised of 47 returning players and 41 new players looking for a spot on the roster.
The 2010 season begins Friday, September 3 in Regina against the Rams with eight of 12 starters on the Bisons’ defense and five of the 12 starters on offence returning. Unlike previous years, the Bisons won’t play a pre-season game this year and will get right to it.
The Brown and Gold will host their first home game on Saturday, September 11 against the Alberta Golden Bears starting at 2 p.m.
Season passes to all 2010-2011 Bison Sports games are $50 for adults, $25 for youth and students or $99 for a family pass, which includes admission for two adults and two students or youth.