When Investors Group Field opens on May 26, it will be equipped with 18 heart defibrillators.
Part of the Manitoba government’s plan to outfit public spaces with the life-saving devices, the new football stadium will have them readily available to assist cardiac arrest victims.
“With thousands of families attending Blue Bomber games, concerts and using the new Investors Group field for community events, we want to ensure the stadium includes defibrillators to meet today’s standards for public safety,” said Health Minister Theresa Oswald. “Cardiac arrest can strike without warning and having a heart defibrillator nearby can mean the difference between life and death.”
The automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are being distributed through the Heart and Stroke Foundation to over 250 communities across the province.
The stadium’s first public event will be on Sunday when thousands are expected to attend the One Heart Winnipeg church service.