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Snowmelt damages parts of city's new stadium

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

The Winnipeg Football Club said water has damaged luxury suites and the visitors' dressing room at the city's new football stadium, which opened on the University of Manitoba's Fort Garry campus last spring.

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A spokeswoman for the club declined to describe the extent of the damage or provide a cost estimate and declined requests to see the interior of the structure. The club deferred 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 8, 2014."

Some pooling of water was visible when the stadium hosted its first CFL exhibition game, but drainage was not among the 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, uninsulated plumbing and crawl spaces that required fireproofing. The stadium was built without an enclosed media box, which the club plans to correct via 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 other cold-season events.

bartley.kives@freepress.mb.ca

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 9, 2014 0

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