It’s official: the Bombers, the city of Winnipeg and the province are teaming up for a bid to host the Grey Cup within the next three years.
The Bombers will lobby the CFL for a chance to host the championship game in either 2015 or 2016, the Winnipeg Football Club announced today in a release. This will follow Vancouver’s turn as Grey Cup host in 2014, and Regina this year.
Winnipeg has previously hosted the Grey Cup three times, most recently in 2006. Each of the three were supported by grants from the province and the city, grants the club stated were "repaid many times over through direct and indirect economic benefits." Government grants are typical for CFL hosting bids across the league, the club said.
In a release, CFL commissioner Mark Cohon sounded amenable to the idea. "I know our Board of Governors looks forward to bringing this Canadian icon to the great fans of the Blue Bombers and all of the people of Manitoba," he said. "Staging this first class event in a city and a stadium that are truly second to none is a very exciting prospect."
If Winnipeg is selected as a Grey Cup destination, Investors Group Field will need some tweaks to prepare it to be full of Grey Cup fans and media. The club plans to increase the amount of seating to 41,000, up from the current 33,500, and additional space for media to work and conduct press conferences would need to found within the stadium.