Flooding fix at Investors Group Field won't come cheap

investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Man. is shown Tuesday April 08, 2014. Some suites at the field...

investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Man. is shown Tuesday April 08, 2014. Some suites at the field have suffered water damage. (Brian Donogh/Winnipeg Sun/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:42 PM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have discovered another flaw in the design of the city’s new stadium, and the fix won’t come cheap.

The Winnipeg Sun has learned of significant flooding at Investors Group Field, caused by a lack of drainage to handle the spring melt.

A source who saw the problem first-hand but spoke only on the condition of anonymity said roughly one-third of the suites have been affected, to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

“And then there will be the cost of the permanent fix,” the source said, describing a scene of collapsed ceilings, soaked carpets, even a bucket catching water in the middle of the visitors locker-room.

One problem, the source said, is water from melting snow falls down from the stadium’s roof into the seating area, where it flows back towards the suites, instead of away from them.

“There’s no drainage — it’s sitting at the doors and leaking through.”


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