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Stuck with a convoluted plan

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The Blue Bombers practise at the newly opened Investors Group Field.

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The Blue Bombers practise at the newly opened Investors Group Field.

In your June 12 story Game day planning a must, I can't help but notice the lack of attention to University of Manitoba students and staff who are now being terribly inconvenienced by this new football stadium. There are many students, such as myself, who still attend school during the summer months for either classes or extra-curricular projects.

It's typical of Winnipeg infrastructure planning. The bigwigs sit down and fight over who's going to be giving money to the cause and then give zero thought to the effects on the majority. Now we're stuck with this convoluted plan thousands of people have to follow to try to accommodate this new stadium location.

Even if this were all OK, U of M students who used to park for free during the summer months are now forced to buy yet another parking pass in order to park on game days. Their method of enforcing this new dictatorship on parking is to issue tickets 2.5 times higher than the typical ticket price on campus. Can you say money grab?

I would suggest that the U of M is attempting to rid the campus of vehicles through ridiculous prices and rules on parking. Maybe they should double the prices to free up more space. After all, it worked so well downtown.

ANDREW SMITH

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 13, 2013 A14

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