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The new home for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be complete in 2011, future team owner David Asper announced this morning.
More than two years after the Winnipeg businessman first mused about building a new stadium for the Winnipeg Football Club and buying the team, his Creswin Properties, the University of Manitoba, the Bombers and all three levels of government finally have a $135-million plan in place to building a new stadium and amateur athletic facilities along Chancellor Matheson Road.
The Manitoba and federal governments are contributing $35 million, with Ottawa’s $15 million earmarked to the athletic components only, said senior Manitoba MP Vic Toews.
The Winnipeg Football Club has been seeking a new home to replace Canad Inns stadium since late 2004. After first trying to arrange deals for locations at Polo Park and South Point Douglas, Asper and the U of M signed a memorandum of understanding last summer. But it took several more months to work out financing arrangements.
Ottawa was fearful of setting a precedent by providing funding for professional football, Toews said.