Olympic-style relay to precede Winnipeg stadium opening

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will commemorate the opening of their new stadium with an Olympic-style run.
Former Blue Bomber Doug Brown, chair of the Kickoff Run event, announces the relay on Tuesday. (Carla Oliveira/CBC)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will commemorate the opening of their new stadium with an Olympic-style run.

But instead of carrying a torch, some 300 runners will traverse a good chunk of southern Manitoba with a football.

The Kickoff Run will begin June 22nd in Portage la Prairie and end June 27th in Winnipeg, when the Bombers host their first regular-season game at Investors Group Field.

The relay will feature a convoy of volunteers and Blue Bomber alumni who will escort the football and the Grey Cup as they make their way through the following communities:

  • Saturday, June 22nd – Portage la Prairie
  • Sunday, June 23rd – Brandon
  • Monday, June 24th – Morden, Winkler and Altona
  • Tuesday, June 25th – Steinbach
  • Wednesday, June 26th – Gimli then Selkirk
  • Thursday, June 27th – Winnipeg

The announcement was made Tuesday at the headquarters of the Great-West Life Assurance Co., which sits on the spot where the old Osborne Stadium once played host to the Bombers, across from the Manitoba legislative grounds.

The Winnipeg Stadium, later known as Canad Inns Stadium, opened in 1953 and replaced the Osborne field.

Demolition on Canad Inns began earlier this year.

The new 33,500-seat Investors Group Field, on the grounds of the University of Manitoba, is opening a year behind schedule because of construction delays.