Did you know…there are 9,000 tons of steel held together with 88,000 bolts, 28,000 cubic meters of concrete, 2,500 sections of hollow main floor, 450 precast bleachers, 272,000 concrete blocks, 33,500 seats expandable to 40,000, and 500,000 square feet of space in the new home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Manitoba Bisons? Did you know the project is named “Project 85” after Milt Stegall’s jersey number? Did you also know that all stadiums in Canada are built on a true north / south axis?
The Young Associates hosted an informative, entertaining and engaging lunch and discussion with guest speaker Mike Clynes, project director for Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd., builders of the city’s new stadium. The University of Manitoba’s I.H. Asper School of Business professor Reg Litz, hosted the YA ‘lunch and learn’ at the school’s downtown Executive Education centre on Oct 31st.
Along with a long list of interesting facts about the stadium project, Clynes was candid with the crowd about the experience of building the new facility. He provided insight into the tasks of balancing financial budgets, construction schedules, safety standards, and the media attention, all involved in this multifaceted endeavor.
From all the information shared during the hour-long session, Winnipeggers are in for an amazing ‘fan experience’ at the new stadium when it opens in 2013.
See the attached PDF for 25 Stadium Facts of Interest!
And for some fascinating videos of the stadium being built, check out the following links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzVJI3rsiR8 (Unbelievable footage of iron workers in action!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgcGecN6R30 (Terrific time lapse of stadium taking shape.)