New stadium, new ticket totals.
All the good news expected to come along with a new football stadium is finally arriving in Winnipeg.
The Bombers announced this morning they have sold a record 23,000 season tickets for the upcoming season.
"For the third year in a row, Blue Bomber fans have shown an incredible amount of support for their team as we set season ticket records in each of these three years," said Blue Bomber President and CEO Garth Buchko today.
"With so much anticipation and excitement surrounding the opening of Investors Group Field, we encourage those who haven’t purchased season tickets to do so quickly as we prepare to turn the page on a new era of Blue Bomber football. In this great league, only Saskatchewan rivals our numbers and we’re thrilled that we’re starting to give them a run for their money."
Last season the Bombers sold a then-record 22,050 season tickets.
The club will release its annual report later today which will include the announcement of an operating loss of $800,000 for the 2012 season. The Bombers were bad on the field and their average at the gate dropped by 1,500 fans per game. The biggest factor, however, was the expense of operating two stadiums at the same time.
The team’s annual Fan Forum is also scheduled for tonight at Canad Inns Polo Park – doors open at 6:30 p.m. and it starts at 7 p.m.