Bombers to get 'stronger role' in stadium

Winnipeg businessman David Asper holds an image of the football stadium now being built at The...

Winnipeg businessman David Asper holds an image of the football stadium now being built at The University of Manitoba back in Aug. 26, 2010. It's unknown what future Asper now has with the stadium, as Premier Greg Selinger is now promising a 'stronger role' for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with the stadium itself. (Winnipeg Sun)

PAUL TURENNE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:27 PM ET

Premier Greg Selinger said Tuesday that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will have a "stronger role" with the new football stadium once a new financial arrangement is hammered out.

Although the stadium was not explicitly mentioned in Tuesday's throne speech in any significant way, the issue did come up during Selinger's media briefing.

Selinger said a new financing deal for the stadium "will be a project driven by all the players involved," and when asked whether Creswin Properties chair David Asper would still be among those players, Selinger replied "Mr. Asper's role will be clarified when we make the final announcement."

Selinger then went on to add that "what you will see is a stronger role for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers."

He did not expand on that statement or mention anything further about the stadium, other than to say he believes Manitobans will be watching CFL football in a new stadium in 2012.


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