Their new stadium may not be ready as planned but at least the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have a new/old look.
The Canadian Football League team unveiled its 2012 logo and helmet design Tuesday with an eye to the past. Back is the capital ‘W’ that adorned the Blue Bombers’ helmets when they won the Grey Cup in 1962, 1984, 1988 and 1990.
Fans will also get to see the team’s new home and away jerseys on May 1. That same day Winnipeggers may learn when they’ll be able to set foot in the $190 million facility being built at the University of Manitoba. Originally, it was hoped the Blue Bombers would play their first game there on July 26. That doesn’t appear likely.
In fact at a recent CFL governors’ meeting, the Blue Bombers updated their league brethren on the stadium’s construction progress and the feeling is the team may play several home games at Canada Inns Stadium. Team officials have said publicly there have been weather-related construction delays.
Winnipeg football officials are waiting for an update before making any announcement on when the Bombers make their move.
Last week, Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz stirred the pot saying it was his understanding the Bombers wouldn’t be playing in their new stadium until September. Katz later told the Winnipeg Free Press the July opening was still a go.
Investors Group Field, as it’s named, will seat 33,500. The Bombers play their home opener on July 26 against the Edmonton Eskimos.