Canad Inns Stadium (Winnipeg Stadium) – until 2013
|Clubs||Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
|Last renovation year||2004|
|Other names||Winnipeg Stadium (1953-2000)|
|Renovations||1954, 1966, 1972, 1978, 1987, 2004|
|Record attendance||51,985 (1991 Grey Cup)|
|Design||Moody and Moore|
|Address||1465 Maroons Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3G 0L6|
Canad Inns Stadium – historical stadium description
When opened for the first time, the Polo Park stadium could hold 15,700 people, but needed expansion soon after with demand soaring. Already after a year first upgrade took place, then a new north end was erected in 1966. Stands along the field were expanded with upper tiers in 1972 (west) and 1978 (east).
Capacity peak was reached in 1987 at 33,675, but following years saw the size decrease with seat installation and then replacement with wider seats in some sections. Still, the 1991 Grey Cup managed to gather over 51,000 people inside the ground.
Called simply Winnipeg Stadium until 2000, the ground was renamed Canad Inns Stadium after a naming rights deal was reached with the hotel chain. That names remained in place until May 2013, when demolition of the stadium began. A piece-by-piece process saw the stadium disappear after three months.
Canada: Winnipeg stadium demolition finished
It dominated the local landscape for almost 60 years, but is no more. Canad Inns Stadium has been demolished after three months of intensive works.
Winnipeg: Canad Inns Stadium awaiting demolition
As Blue Bombers move to their new Investors Group Field, the outdated Canad Inns Stadium is being prepared for demolition. Bad new for people enjoying buildings blown up – it will be deconstructed piece by piece. Winnipeg Free Press report.
Canada: Historical urinal, anyone?
Pieces of the pitch or goalposts are a frequent item when old stadiums are being made to souvenirs. But giant screen, pitch lighting or urinal troughs – that's not something fans usually buy for souvenirs. Or is it?
Canada: Yet another delay in Winnipeg
Though the club was denying claims of possible postponement of Investors Group Field's opening, those now came true. Official statement announces that instead of September 2012, the venue will be ready in early 2013.