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Winnipeg Football Club poised to manage Canad Inns Stadium

WINNIPEG - June 10, 2004 - The City of Winnipeg, together with Winnipeg Enterprises Corporation and the Winnipeg Football Club, are pleased to announce that an agreement in principle has been reached that would see Winnipeg Enterprises Corporation hand over operation of Canad Inns Stadium to the Winnipeg Football Club. This agreement is subject to final approval by Winnipeg City Council and the Boards of both Winnipeg Enterprises Corporation and the Winnipeg Football Club.

Councillor Bill Clement, Chair of the City's Standing Policy Committee on Fiscal Issues and the City's representative to the Winnipeg Enterprises Corporation Board, helped to facilitate the agreement. He contends that, "It makes good sense for the Football Club to take on management of the Stadium. I am confident that this agreement will ensure continued operation of the stadium as a high quality venue and at the same time support the long term viability of our Football Club."

Clement goes on to explain how the agreement will be a good one for Winnipeggers, "because it will result in a seamless transition of stadium operations from the Winnipeg Enterprises Corporation to the Football Club."

Greg Tallon, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Winnipeg Enterprises Corporation acknowledged the positive working relationship that has existed between Winnipeg Enterprises Corporation and the Football Club over the last 50 years and extended best wishes to them in their anticipated new role as operators of the Stadium.

Chairman of the Board of the Winnipeg Football Club Gene Dunn commented that the Football Club "is looking forward to the opportunity of having more direct control over day-to-day operations. We believe this agreement will make the Football Club more sustainable in the long-term and look forward to an exciting and successful 2004 season."

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers play their first home exhibition game tonight at Canad Inns Stadium.

Last update: 10.06.2004

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