Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce hopes playing in a new stadium with better facilities will help the team. (TODD KOROL/Reuters)
Even if the Winnipeg Blue Bombers don't get enough wins to make the playoffs this season, at least they'll still look good in their shiny new digs.
And who knows? Maybe brand new Investors Group Field will be enough for an extra win or two that could propel them to the post-season.
Their new $200 million stadium, located in the southern end of the city on the University of Manitoba campus, will host its first football game on June 12, an exhibition tilt against the Toronto Argonauts, and then open officially on June 27 in the team's regular-season opener against the Montreal Alouettes.
There hasn't been much reason in the off-season for fans to get excited about the football team, but the opening of a new stadium will certainly provide a lift. The fans are excited, the players are excited, and the brass is bubbling.