Judging by reactions on Twitter, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' fancy new stadium was well-received in its first game Wednesday night. However, the Bombers' own play went over much less successfully with fans, as they were pummeled 24-6 by the Toronto Argonauts. While it's just the preseason and the score isn't particularly relevant, there were a lot of troubling signs for fans of the Blue and Gold, including starting quarterback Buck Pierce going 0-for-5 with an interception (but amazingly, not being injured!) and Casey Creehan's Winnipeg defence looking a lot like his Hamilton defence. However, most of the reactions to the stadium were far more approving:
So far VERY impressed with Investors Group Field... not so impressed with the team. Being outplayed in all 3 facets by the Argos. #GoBombers
— Tim Hodge (@BlueandGoldWPG) June 13, 2013
bombers preseason action w/ @plateproblem , investors group field is gorgeous!
— d-lyan (@dylelohim) June 13, 2013
Investors Group Field...it's worth the trip.
— Jeff Braun (@jeffbbraun) June 13, 2013
Fans certainly seemed to enjoy the stadium's amenities, too, including The Rum Hut:
It wasn't a perfect debut for the facility. There were plenty of complaints floating around Twitter about traffic getting there, parking problems and long lines for everything once inside. Still, this is the first game for the stadium, and growing pains are to be expected. On the whole, it looks like it performed quite well, unlike the team that played in it...