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Stuart Olson Dominion Construction has placed a $1.9-million lien against the $204-million Investors Group Field.

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Stuart Olson Dominion Construction has placed a $1.9-million lien against the $204-million Investors Group Field.

The construction company that built Investors Group Field has placed a lien against Winnipeg's new football stadium.

Stuart Olson Dominion Construction has placed a $1.9-million lien against the $204-million stadium, said Richard Graumann, vice-president for the company's Manitoba and northwestern Ontario operations.

The 33,500-seat Investors Group Field opened in 2013 at a cost of almost $204 million. Funding was in place for $200 million of the tab. The responsibility for the remaining $4 million -- some of which pertained to changes to the building's design -- was a matter of dispute between the four stakeholders in the construction of the stadium: the city, province, University of Manitoba and Winnipeg Football Club.

In November, Stuart Olson Dominion stopped work on the city’s new football stadium for four days due to what Graumann described as a "funding shortfall" in a letter to stadium subcontractors. He said his company suspended all "warrantee work and extra work" on the stadium and asked subcontractors to support "the unusual but necessary action," which ended after discussions about "payment arrears" resumed with BBB Stadium, an umbrella organization for the four stadium-building stakeholders.

Graumann confirmed the lien today but declined further comment.

Matt Williamson, spokesman for Premier Greg Selinger, said talks are taking place to resolve the funding dispute over the remaining $1.9 million. Rhea Yates, Mayor Sam Katz’s spokeswoman, said the city has fulfilled all of its financial obligations to the stadium.

Kim Babij-Gesell, spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, deferred comment to BBB Stadium. Its chairman, U of M vice-president Andrew Konowalchuk, has been asked to comment.

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Updated on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 2:54 PM CST: Adds comment from city and province.

5:07 PM: Corrects spelling of Kim Babij-Gesell's name.

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