Lyle Bauer says the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are at a "decided disadvantage" when it comes to Canad Inns Stadium.
The Bombers president and CEO admitted yesterday that the Bombers and their 51-year-old home are in third place when it comes to Winnipeg's three pro sports teams and their facilities.
The Northern League's Goldeyes play baseball in the five-year-old CanWest Global Park, while the Manitoba Moose will begin playing hockey in the brand-spankin' new MTS Centre next week.
PLAYING CATCH UP
Now, according to Bauer, it's time for the Bombers to catch up.
"I've said before: There's a very nice ball park and a very nice new arena," he said. "People get accustomed to those new types of amenities and then that becomes the standard.
"We probably don't want to be at a decided disadvantage, which we are now."
The Stadium has its charms, but its age is beginning to show. There are rumblings that the Bombers are talking to the Red River Exhibition about building a new stadium near Assiniboia Downs, on the western edge of the city.
Bauer didn't squash that rumour yesterday, nor did he add any fuel to the fire.
"The only thing I'll tell you is we're looking at a variety of things, and first and foremost is what we're currently in and potentially the cost of upgrade," Bauer said. "That's something that we've talked about for some time, and we want to investigate all options."
Bauer said the Winnipeg Football Club, which took control of the Stadium just last year, feels its fans deserve something better than what they have.
"Obviously we want to be able to provide our fans with improved amenities on a go-forward basis," he said. "We owe it to them to try to see what we can do with the existing facility, see where that all falls in and cost out other options."
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