Bombers work to improve fan safety

Bombers work to improve fan safety

Large concrete barriers at IGF
Large concrete blocks have been installed along the road in front of Investor’s Group Field, in Winnipeg. Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Chris Procaylo/Winnipeg Sun

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are increasing safety measures at Investors Group Field in the wake of a violent attack in Edmonton, and a deadly shooting in Las Vegas.

The Winnipeg Football Club confirmed to the Winnipeg Sun on Tuesday it is adding concrete barriers outside Investors Group Field, where the team will play its next game Friday night.

The Bombers latest precaution seems in direct response to serious incidents that occurred on the weekend outside Commonwealth Stadium, where the team had just finished beating the Edmonton Eskimos.

Edmonton police Const. Mike Chernyk was working outside Commonwealth Stadium Saturday night when a Chevrolet Malibu plowed through a police barrier and struck him. The accused, Abulahi Hasan Sharif, then got out of the car and stabbed the officer multiple times.

Hours later, Sharif drove a U-Haul truck into crowded downtown streets, injuring four pedestrians.

“As we have stated in the past, we always review our procedures after incidents occur around the world at sporting and large-scale events, and continue to hold fan safety at Investors Group Field as our highest priority,” Blue Bombers spokesman Darren Cameron wrote in an email. “We can confirm we have added some concrete barriers outside of the stadium in a continued effort to ensure the safety of all patrons while attending events at Investors Group Field.”

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Published at Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:33:57 -0400