Open wide, folks.
Poppins sang how a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down--- and
the first win by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in their spanking new
football stadium is as sweet as it gets.
But now it's time for your medicine.
watching the game we thought that it was a good time to catch up with A
Person In A Position To Know. We introduced him to you back in July
with his hot tip about the cost overruns on the stadium that were being
kept under wraps.
No sooner did we touch base with APIAPTK than we realized that the
team's new acting CEO Wade Miller is sitting on the biggest powder keg
in blue-and-gold history.
When she blows, the blast will be monumental.
And this time, A Person In A Position To Know is not the only source of the explosive news.
a recent on-line chitchat about stadium matters, when a curious
football fan asked "how much these specific cost overruns are", A
Person In A Position To Know was able to answer when, during a related
discussion, the fan tossed out a figure of $400,000, he was informed
"add two zeros and you've got the value of the overruns....and its
still going up."
Forty million dollars. That's on top of
the $190 million the project was supposed to cost, a number that was
allegedly protected by a 'Guaranteed Maximum Price' promise from
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz.
What? You don't trust a single-sourced story? Then read this and weep.
It's from the Aug. 31 issue of the Hamilton Spectator by their Hamilton Tiger Cats beat reporter Drew Edwards.
Lessons for Hamilton from Winnipeg's stadium
Fan experience should be first priority,
but reality is football and finances are often like O-line vs. D-line
By Drew Edwards
most impressive element of the new Investors Group Field in Winnipeg
is unquestionably the massive roof, its two sections of
ornately-designed, curved steel covering almost eight acres and
stretching almost 200 feet over the seats below. It's swooping profile
is the iconic image used in much of the branding.
the roof also added approximately $35 million to the cost and was the
central factor in a year-long delay in opening the facility.
new Hamilton stadium, due to open in time for the 2014 CFL season next
July, will have no such roof, one of several important differences
between Tim Hortons Field and the Investors Group version in Winnipeg.
One is cost. Tim Hortons Field has a budget of $148 million, while IGF was budgeted at $200 million before the delay and additional, costs which are expected to push the final tally closer to a quarter of a billion dollars.
Money in Winnipeg is undeniably tight: for example, the press box is
still unfinished - it's currently situated outdoors - and will have to
be enclosed before the Bombers can hold a Grey Cup.
of the possible explanations for the construction delay and some of
the oversights in the Winnipeg facility is the relative inexperience in
both the architect and the builder in constructing sports facilities.
Both firms were required to be Manitoba-based by the terms set by the
provincial government, the primary financial backer...
Not exactly so that last part, according to A Person In A Position To Know.
"many of the cost overruns came because asper considered himself the client and not the bombers....after he got turfed and the building was under construction they had to go back in and make it functional for the football team...add that to the inexperience of the architect and you have huge cost overruns like he says." explained Person.
you slice it, we're in for a financial flood of woe. The Bombers
currently are in hock for the stadium for the next 44 years.
another $40,000,000 and counting, and they'll still be owing on the
facility 50 years from now when the bulldozers start tearing it down to
build a new one.
Only you can bet the team will declare bankruptcy well before then.
Now, we ask you, is that any way to welcome Wade Miller?
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