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"When I've been recruiting, this whole winter, I've been taking the artists' renditions of David Asper's proposal with me, I believed in this project that much," Dobie said. " I'm showing kids, this is the Bombers locker room here, and at that end is going to be the Bisons locker room. This is our stadium on our campus, this is what it's going to look like. Today it happened. I don't even know where to start. This catapults us so far ahead."
"I'm so happy right now, I can't even put it into words. I'd love to call a team meeting right now, snap my fingers and have all the guys together right now, to talk to about it."
Dobie said he's proud of the success his team and program have had with the current brutal facilities -- a Vanier Cup championship final appearance in 2001 and a Vanier Cup championship title in 2007.
The current Bisons locker room facility is in a free-standing building dubbed "The Butler Hut" couldn't possibly pass any building inspection codes. To weight train, the team has to share the U of M's facility dubbed "The Gritty Grotto" in the basement of the Frank Kennedy Building with all other U of M and public users. The football field itself gets chewed up from overuse as it's shared with the women's soccer team and, in the fall, the grass becomes the dumping ground for Canada geese who rest there.
"I'm so proud of the success we've had with not the best facilities, our guys have taken pride in it and, honestly, I think it has given us a core toughness and I really believe it's given us real a positive culture and our guys have taken a stand with it," Dobie said.
"But is that what I think a high-end university program should be? No, no. Now you look at it, Bisons players now have the opportunity to be the best in every way, to be in the best facility in the country, to be surrounded by the best, which means their teammates and coaches and Bombers personnel, to be assimilated in a pro culture. The positives are too many to count!"
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