Flags OK: Bombers

SHANNON VANRAES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

Winnipeg Blue Bombers officials say the football club is all for flag-waving, as long as the flag isn't attached to a pole.

Confusion around the issue emerged last week after some fans' flags and poles were confiscated during a game at Canad Inns Stadium.

Doug Pomanski said his flag was taken by security guards, who told him an incident involving a flag at a previous Bombers game led to the move. Since then stadium officials have worked to explain their policy regarding flags.

'IT IS THE POST'

"It's not the flags, there are no issues with the flag," said Jerry Maslowsky, vice-president of marketing for the Bombers. "It is the post."

He noted the team's website lists flag poles as banned items under its game day policies. The stadium also bans balloons, beach balls, laser pointers and weapons from the premises.

"They can be used as a weapon," Maslowsky said of flag poles. He added they could also result in accidental injuries to fans.

"It's for the safety of the fans, and there is no doubt we have the best fans in Canada."

He added most stadiums have similar policies in effect.

Pomanski was glad to know flags themselves aren't banned but said he still has questions he wants answered. The longtime Bombers fan wants to know if pole size plays a role is what's acceptable.

"Basically it came down to improper communication by security," he said yesterday, adding he hopes the football club clarifies its policies before the team's next home game.

He would also like to know why his flag hadn't been confiscated in the past. Pomanski claims he has taken it to every game for the last five years, as long as the no-pole policy has been in effect.

For more information on game day policies for fans, visit www.bluebombers.com.


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