The Manitoba Bisons football team is preparing for their last home game of the season on Saturday, and their final game at University Stadium. The Bisons will play their next season at the new Winnipeg Blue Bombers stadium just east of their current home.
Head coach Brian Dobie reflected on the nostalgia this weekend will bring:
The Bisons have played the past 44 years in the stadium, which Dobie said made the team “the poor kids on the block” as far as the condition of the facility compared to other teams in the league.
Despite the rundown dressing rooms and spectator stands, the team has many fond memories at the current site. As do many other teams, including the three who won the CIS National Championship Vanier Cup on Manitoba’s turf.
“Every Bison has a story to tell [about the stadium],” Dobie said. “I played there in the early ’70s. I’m digging up my old Bison jersey… we’re honouring our fifth year guys, and I’m going to wear that without a doubt on Saturday afternoon.”
The Bisons (3-4) meet the Regina Rams (2-5), while the Herd searches for the fourth and final Canada West playoff spot. Game time is 1 p.m. (101.5 UMFM, Shaw TV).