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Melting snow damages new stadium

Posted: 04/8/2014 2:54 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 04/8/2014 4:03 PM | Updates

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The sun sets during the inaugural game at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg on June 27, 2013.

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The sun sets during the inaugural game at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg on June 27, 2013. Photo Store

Snowmelt has damaged the interior at Investors Group Field, the $208.5-million new home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Winnipeg Football Club says water has damaged suites and the visitor’s dressing room at the city’s new football stadium, which opened at the University of Manitoba’s campus last spring.

A spokesperson for the club declined to describe the extent of the damage and also declined requests to see the interior of the structure. The club deferred all further comment to BBB Stadium, the non-profit entity responsible for building Investors Group Field, whose stakeholders are the Bombers, the city, the province and the University of Manitoba.

BBB Stadium chairman Andrew Konowalchuk described the water damage as an "ongoing issue with the facility" since it opened in June 2013.

"The designer and building contractor are aware of the matter and are in the process of remediation and identifying solutions to avoid future damage," he said in a statement. "This will not impact any events scheduled at Investors Group Field, specifically the Canada vs. USA women's soccer match on May 8th, 2014."

Some pooling of water at Investors Group Field was visible when the stadium hosted its first CFL exhibition game, but drainage deficiencies were not among the design deficiencies cited by former BBB Stadium chairman Phil Sheegl when $3.5 million worth of unfinanced work was disclosed last September.

The disclosed design deficiencies included handrails that had to be replaced, plumbing that was not insulated and crawlspaces that required fireproofing. The stadium was also built without an enclosed press box, a deficiency the club plans to correct with the help of a $350,000 sponsorship.

In March, the province announced an additional $8.5 million in funding for the stadium, characterizing the work as upgrades to host the Grey Cup and host other cold-season events.

The province and the football club did not say whether this funding covers off the entire $3.5-million tab for design deficiencies, some of which contractor Stuart Olson Dominion Construction characterized as additional work.

Last year, the contractor and its subcontractors briefly stopped work at the stadium due to lack of payment for ongoing work.

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Updated on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 4:03 PM CDT: Adds comment from BBB Stadium, clarifies details.

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