The University of Manitoba Bisons officially opened a new football training facility on Wednesday.
The David Asper University of Manitoba Bison Football Centre is housed in the lower level of Investors Group Field and boasts 17,405-square-foot of space, featuring a 5,059-square-foot dressing room with 84 lockers and a custom Bison logo on the floor.
“As this facility opens, it not only instantly changes the professionalism and quality of our program for student athletes, but impacts the environment and culture for the campus and all students,” said Bison football head coach Brian Dobie.
The space also has a customized equipment room and a 3,842-square-foot weight room. The training facility is complemented by the 100,000-square-foot Active Living Centre, which will open in 2015.
“As a Bison Football fan, I am so pleased to be a part of this and to contribute to the success of the team,” said local businessman and U of M alumnus David Asper. “It’s a great feeling to know that our players have access to these excellent training facilities, the best in Canada.”
Asper, along with the city and province, funded the state-of-the-art facility.
On Friday, the Bisons will play their first game at the new stadium when they host the Alberta Golden Bears at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available.