June 5, 2012
Bomber: Play season at old stadium
By PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - The reigning CFL defensive player of the year says moving to a new stadium, midseason, might not be a good idea for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Corner Jovon Johnson says depending how the first half or three-quarters of the season is going, the Bombers could lose some of their home-field advantage by switching fields.
“Once guys get comfortable here at this stadium, and hopefully we’re on a winning edge, we should just play it out here,” Johnson said after his first training camp practice. “Why move in the middle of the year to a new surface, a new atmosphere, and give teams a different advantage going against us there? I’d rather stay and play it out, especially if we’re winning a lot of games. Why take away what’s giving us the advantage?”
Due to construction delays, the Bombers will be forced to play half their home schedule at their old stadium, maybe more, with another construction update pending.
Johnson says there’s no doubt the Bombers will lose some of their edge with a move away from dilapidated, but noisy, CanadInns Stadium, to a more bowl-shaped facility.
“Depending on the way the new stadium is structured,” he said. “It could be more spread out and the fans won't be as loud. Here we know what we're going to get.”