The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will host the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, June 24th to open their 2016 CFL home and regular season schedule. The Blue Bombers home schedule will include a Wednesday, August 3rd battle with Hamilton along with two Thursday, two Friday, and four Saturday games in the fall.
Winnipeg Football Club President and CEO Wade Miller told 680 CJOB the priority was to make the schedule as “fan friendly” as possible. “One of the biggest things that we focused on was making sure that start times for games during the week were after 7 p.m.,” said Miller. “Most are at 7:30 p.m. so people will have an easier time getting to the stadium, especially in the summer. And we don’t play any home games on long weekends, as well during the summer.”
Miller also likes the idea of the team getting a bye during Weeks 9 and 18 of the schedule. “We only have two games after that before the playoffs,” said Miller who added the timing of the Bye Weeks was something that was very important to Head Coach Mike O’Shea.
The timing also caters to the all but confirmed NHL Heritage game the Winnipeg Jets will be hosting at the Stadium. There will be a three week stretch from Oct 8-29 between Blue Bomber home games, leading to speculation that game between the Jets and Edmonton will take place the weekend of October 22-23.
Blue Bombers GM Kyle Walters also continued to trim payroll in the wake of last week’s free agent spending. No longer part of the picture are Defensive End Greg Peach and Running Back Paris Cotton. Peach joined the Bombers during the 2013 season while Cotton had been with the team for the past 2 years.
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS 2016 SCHEDULE
PRE-SEASON WED, JUNE 8 VS. MONTREAL 7:00 PM
PRE-SEASON MON, JUNE 13 @ OTTAWA 6:00 PM
WEEK 1 FRI, JUNE 24 VS. MONTREAL 7:30 PM
WEEK 2 FRI, JULY 1 @ CALGARY 9:00 PM
WEEK 3 THU, JULY 7 @ HAMILTON 6:00 PM
WEEK 4 THU, JULY 14 VS. EDMONTON 7:30 PM
WEEK 5 THU, JULY 21 VS. CALGARY 7:30 PM
WEEK 6 THU, JULY 28 @ EDMONTON 8:00 PM
WEEK 7 WED, AUG 3 VS. HAMILTON 7:30 PM
WEEK 8 FRI, AUG 12 @ TORONTO 6:30 PM
WEEK 9 BYE WEEK
WEEK 10 FRI, AUG 26 @ MONTREAL 6:00 PM
WEEK 11 SUN, SEPT 4 @ SASKATCHEWAN 2:00 PM
WEEK 12 SAT, SEPT 10 VS. SASKATCHEWAN 3:00 PM
WEEK 13 SAT, SEPT 17 VS. TORONTO 1:00 PM
WEEK 14 SAT, SEPT 24 @ CALGARY 3:00 PM
WEEK 15 FRI, SEPT 30 VS. EDMONTON 7:30 PM
WEEK 16 SAT, OCT 8 VS. BC 3:00 PM
WEEK 17 FRI, OCT 14 @ BC 9:00 PM
WEEK 18 BYE WEEK
WEEK 19 SAT, OCT 29 VS. OTTAWA 3:00 PM
WEEK 20 FRI, NOV 4 @ OTTAWA 6:00 PM
ALL GAMES TO BE BROADCAST ON 680 CJOB