Bombers adding seats for sold-out game

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:12 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The most recent hottest ticket in town can now be found in Bomberville.

Fans just can’t get enough of their Winnipeg Blue Bombers these days. Because they have already sold out their next two home games — this Friday’s against Hamilton and the Banjo Bowl versus Saskatchewan on Sept. 11 — the local CFL club added 500 temporary seats for $35 each, at least for Friday’s contest. But don’t be surprised if they remain available for the rest of the season.

The first 250 to be made available, which were sold out by late Monday afternoon, are bleachers that will be set up beyond Section Y of Canad Inns Stadium. The other 250 will go just beyond Section A. No bleachers will be erected in the south endzone as the club already has three corporate tents set up there for the games.

“The interest is certainly there for Blue Bomber football and, as we continue the rest of the way and the rest of the season, we will continue to offer those opportunities,” club vice-president of marketing Jerry Maslowsky said Monday.

“The response of the fans has been terrific. As we know, and what we saw here the last couple of games, putting more people here and the type of noise will be something for our team.”

Maslowsky urged fans to purchase tickets for the last three home games before they get shut out.

“We need to know that it’s more than a coincidence that we’re 6-1 and selling games out,” said Bomber defensive lineman Doug Brown. “So, the people and the excitement in this city over the football game is infectious and it spreads like a virus. So, we need to keep up the performances on the field so those things take care of themselves.

“The health of the franchise goes hand-in-hand with the success on the football field because it’s a gate-driven league. So, we need to keep up with our end of the bargain.”

Those sellout crowds also act as their 13th man. Brown could not believe his ears while on the sidelines during the last home game against Edmonton.

“It was obscenely loud, which is such a tremendous advantage for your defence and how it really frustrates the offence because they can’t hear anything,” he said. “And you can feed off that energy. The intensity, the chanting, the cheering, everything, it just gives you that extra level to take your play and it builds momentum.”

Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice was hoping the fans could become as loud as those wearing watermelons in Regina.

“When we got here we said we wanted this to be a place where people don’t want to come and play,” he said. “We wanted this to be a place where a crowd could make a difference in a game and I’m certain that Hamilton, in the next few days, will be working on crowd noise. Anything that can give us an advantage at home is great, and I know our players feed off it.”


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