By Sarah Klein
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have changed their tune when it comes to allowing cowbells into Canad Inns Stadium.
After word came Monday that fans would no longer be permitted to use cowbells and homemade noisemakers at games, Twitter became aflutter. The news also had some fans questioning why the Blue Bomber Store even sells team-branded cowbells in the first place. The ban was originally put into place after fans complained the noise level at games was excessive.
A few hours later, team officials released a statement on Twitter regarding the policy from vice-president and COO Jim Bell:
“After listening to our fans, we would like to inform everyone that over the counter purchased cowbells will be permitted at home games this season, but homemade noisemakers such as empty paint cans with rocks inside or any other device that may be deemed unsafe by our security staff will not be permitted. It was never our intention to diminish the fan experience, and we do encourage fans to bring thunder sticks, clappers and plastic horns powered by human voice, however, all of which will be at the sole discretion of the football club.”
The team is set to move into its new home at Investors Group Field by September, barring any further construction delays.