Games bumped

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers' recent success has created quite a logjam at Canad Inns Stadium.

If the Bombers beat the B.C. Lions in Vancouver on Saturday night, they will host the East Division semifinal on Nov. 5 against either the Montreal Alouettes or Toronto Argonauts.

As a result, the Bombers have had to bump some amateur football games that were scheduled for this week at the Stadium.

Football Manitoba and the Winnipeg High School Football League were slated to conduct evening playoff games tonight through Friday, but now they have to find alternate locations.

Since the CFL is technically the host of all playoff games, their advertising agreements take precedence over the Winnipeg Football Club's sponsors. Therefore, the Bombers have been forced to rip up their field this week and replace their advertisements with the CFL's -- just in case.

Football Manitoba is having its championship weekend at the Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, but the Bombers didn't want to bump those games, so they instead are doing it this week at night.

Next week isn't an option, either, because they have to leave enough time for changes or improvements in case heavy traffic or wet weather conditions damage the new logos, which will be painted on the turf.

"We have strict requirements from the league about what that has to look like on television," Bombers president and CEO Lyle Bauer said last night. "People knew that this was always a possibility. The odds (of hosting a playoff game) didn't look very good, but now there's really nothing any of us can do."

The Stadium will still play host to WHSFL playoff action Nov. 2, 3 and 10 and possibly University of Manitoba Bisons post-season contests on Nov. 4 and 11.


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