Bombers firm up parking plans for new stadium

The Winnipeg Football Club has revealed how it plans to deal with parking for thousands of Blue Bomber fans when the team's new stadium opens in June.

Increased transit, bike valet and business lots part of master parking plan for game-days

Winnipeg Football Club reveals how thousands of Blue Bombers fans can get to games at the team's new stadium once it opens in June. 1:52

The Winnipeg Football Club has revealed how it plans to deal with parking for thousands of Blue Bomber fans when the team’s new stadium opens in June.

The plan was laid out Tuesday morning and will include 5,000 paid spots for vehicles on the University of Manitoba campus as well as a grab-bag of other traffic solutions including free Winnipeg Transit service for ticket-holders and bike valet service.

9-point parking plan

1. 5,000 paid spots on campus

2. Business-offered parking "boosters" off-campus

3. Transit shuttle service

4. Park and ride bus service

5. Free bus service for ticket-holders on game days

6. Bike valet service

7.  Restricted parking in surrounding areas

8. Handi-Transit and accessible parking

9. Casual fan drop off areas

The Bombers also have a new website that outlines parking rules surrounding the Investors Group Stadium for game days.

Parking and transportation has been a contentious issue since plans for the new stadium were announced.

In 2011, planners predicted they would have about 7,000 spots for the anticipated 33,000 fans on game day at the University of Manitoba campus where the stadium is located.

Fort Garry residents have expressed concerns that the remaining fans would spill over into the neighbourhood and disrupt other activities.

Now, with just 5,000 spaces available on-campus to fans, the remaining fans will have to find ways to commute.

The football club’s traffic plan was approved in July 2011 and included parking spots for carpoolers, bicycle stalls, extra transit stops and additional bus routes during events.

It also included police-manned checkpoints in nearby residential areas to avoid overloading the streets with fans.

On Tuesday, officials revealed how those measures would work. Vehicles found in restricted areas will be ticketed and towed, and parking will be prohibited in entire neighbourhoods to avoid disruption to people living in the area.

Those who cycle to the game can take advantage of a bike valet service, and those who prefer transit will be able to take express bus routes to the game or use a park and ride service — dubbed the Blue and Gold Express.

Some businesses will open their lots to fans and set individual fees.

Businesses to open lots to fans

Area Nightclub/Canad Inns Pembina - 1792 Pembina Highway

Corpell's Water - 2627 Pembina Highway

Empty lot - 1855 Pembina

Giant Tiger - 2195 Pembina Highway

Markham Professional Centre - 2265 Pembina Highway

Prairie Chiropractic - 2567 Pembina Highway

Shapes Lot - 1910 Pembina Highway

Superstore - 80 Bison Drive

The Ranch Saloon - 1931 Pembina Highway

Officials said there is also the option to be dropped off either by Handi-Transit for those who need or by friends and family in casual drop-off zones.

Fans were advised to check the Blue Bomber’s new website, "Getting There" to help them select a way to get to and from the stadium.

Fans lucky enough to nab a parking spot at the stadium will have to pay about $100 more for it than they would have at the old Canad Inns Stadium in St. James. 

The cost for a 10-game parking pass at the new stadium for the 2013 season will be $210. At the old stadium, parkers paid $112 for a 10-game pass.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will play their first game — a pre-season game — at the new stadium on June 12 against the Toronto Argonauts.

The first regular season game is June 27 against Montreal.