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The parking plan for the new Investors Group Field is a reasonable strategy for moving people in and out of the new stadium at the University of Manitoba.

It's not perfect, but there is no such thing as a flawless plan for accommodating 35,000 people at a football or entertainment event.

If the limited parking for cars forces people to carpool, take the bus or ride a bike, well, that's not a bad thing, particularly when it involves only nine or 10 CFL games, plus concerts and other events.

There will be some disruption for area residents, but homeowners who lived near the old stadium also experienced inconvenience and somehow managed to survive.

Someone is going to be inconvenienced no matter where it is located. If it were built outside the city with parking for 35,000 cars, the howls of anger would be just as loud from those who don't own a vehicle.

A new shuttle service from the downtown may even help the central business district while showing that Transit Tom is pretty friendly.

The city, Bombers, university and area firms are co-operating to make getting in and out of the stadium as painless as possible. Fans and residents should do the same.

Editorials are the consensus view of the Winnipeg Free Press’ editorial board, comprising Catherine Mitchell, David O’Brien and Paul Samyn.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 3, 2013 A14

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