DALLAS – The CFL commissioner will award the Blue Bombers the 2015 Grey Cup on Wednesday, the Free Press has learned.
Mark Cohon is scheduled to be in Winnipeg Wednesday and while the club wouldn’t comment Monday, it has been in negotiations for several months with the province and city to pave the way to a successful event.
The Bombers were promised a Grey Cup by the CFL when they broke ground on Investors Group Field.
One stumbling block to the event is an enclosed press box at the new stadium. Cohon visited the park last summer and stated the Bombers would have to convert the open-air press box before being granted a Grey Cup. This remains a work in progress but is expected to be finished soon.
After the Grey Cup is made official, the next step will be the official announcement of the NHL bringing its Heritage Classic outdoor game to Winnipeg in late February or early March of 2016.
The Jets have been told they will host an outdoor game and have told the NHL they want to play in 2016. An official announcement is expected this summer.
The plan is for the Bombers to erect temporary seating to boost capacity at IGF to 40,000 from 33,000 for the Banjo Bowl in the 2015 regular season and then keep those stands in place for the Grey Cup and then hand over the stadium to the NHL for the Heritage Classic.