The Winnipeg Blue Bombers unveiled a complex nine-point parking plan for Investors Group Field Tuesday morning that will involve a mixture of hiking, biking and busing to get 33,500 Bombers fans in and out of the University of Manitoba campus on game-days.
The Bombers say only fans who have paid $210 for a season parking pass — as well as university students and staff — will be allowed to park on the U of M campus on game days.
Bombers COO Jim Bell told a news conference that 4,000 season parking passes have already been sold, with just 1,000 still remaining. Bell said the club expects the remaining passes to sell quickly.
Bell said the remaining Bombers fans who don’t have parking passes will have to rely on a network of other options, including:
- Some private businesses along Pembina Highway have agreed to offer paid parking on their lots on game-day and concert days, Bell said. Bell said special ‘Running Back Shuttles’ provided by Winnipeg Transit will serve those lots before and after games;
- Park and ride stations, like those offered previously, will again be set up at locations across the city, giving fans a chance to park their cars on remote lots and then ride a bus to the stadium for free upon presentation of a game-day ticket;
- A new University Super Express bus route (161) is being set up with extra buses that will run non-stop from downtown to the Stadium via the South-West Rapid transit corridor;
- Secure and monitored parking will be provided for up to 400 bicycles on a lot near the stadium;
- There will be two drop off zones provided for fans who get a ride to the stadium;
- Handi-transit and accessible parking will be provided.
Bell said there will be no street parking allowed on major routes or in neighborhoods near the stadium, notably University Heights and Fort Richmond, in the hours up to, during and after games or concerts.
In an effort to minimize disruptions to those neighborhoods, Bell said area residents will be issued one parking pass per household for their own vehicles to park on the street during restricted periods, but others will be ticketed -- or towed, if they’re parked in restricted zones, bus lanes or blocking driveways.
The Bombers have set up a full interactive website to explain their transportation and parking plan at bluebombers.com/gettingthere.