Might be time for new facility -- Doer

ROCHELLE SQUIRES -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:10 AM ET

Now that the Grey Cup is over, Premier Gary Doer says it's time to talk about a new stadium for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"There are capital requirements to that old stadium," said Doer. "I think it was built in the mid-50s, maybe earlier. When you look at the washroom facilities and some of the other things that are lacking."

Doer, who was on the field Sunday and helped hoist the cup with the winning B.C. Lions, did not say whether there'd be any provincial dollars for a new stadium.

His NDP government did not help pay for the 2005 feasibility study into building a new stadium and attached hotel in Headingley.

The province did, however, contribute significantly to construction of the MTS Centre -- home to the Manitoba Moose -- but Doer said that was an entirely different scenario than a stadium.

"A stadium isn't used nearly as many times as, for example, the MTS Centre, and you know, it's used over and over again. So there are a whole different set of issues there."

Doer said hosting the Grey Cup will put the team on strong financial footing. And that may lead to new talks about a new building.


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