The Winnipeg Football Club has huddled with its stakeholders to smooth over how fans access Investors Group Field on game days.
After a traffic debacle during last week’s Blue Bombers’ pre-season game, the club met with Winnipeg Transit, the city, Winnipeg police and University of Manitoba to revise its game day transportation plan.
Among the changes are more buses and dedicated bus-only lanes, along with extra buses carrying fans via the University Super Express (route 161). Transit expects to carry between 10,000 to 12,000 fans to the home opener on June 27.
“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 Blue Bombers vice-president and COO Jim Bell. “We thank them immensely and ask for their patience as we all continue to work through these early stage growing pains.”
Eight to 10 Winnipeg police officers will help direct traffic at designated spots to ensure fans get in and out of the stadium in a timely manner.
More parking in booster lots has also been added at key locations along Pembina Highway and the surrounding south end. Those who opt to leave their vehicle at home and take their bike, the monitored bike valet at the north end of the stadium will expand from 400 to about 650 spots.
Fans will be able to access the U of M campus at 5 p.m. on the 27th.