Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz (2nd from left) was at the stadium announcement conference in 2010, but can't see flooding damage for himself now.The extent of the flooding damage at Investors Group Field is still being hidden from the public, and that's troubling some government officials, given that the stadium was largely funded by tax dollars. Chief amongst them is Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz. The city contributed $10 million ($7.5 million in cash, $2.5 million in in-kind services) to the project directly and is paying another $37.5 million to the province over time (the province itself paid the costs up front, is loaning money to the Bombers, and is contributing $60 million) but wasn't involved in the stadium's design or construction. Like everyone else outside the construction group and the Bombers' executives, city officials aren't able to see the extent of the damage, and that's bothering Katz too. He said Wednesday he's not thrilled to hear about the efforts to keep media out:
BBB Stadium, the consortium that oversaw construction of Investors Group Field, has given few details on what exactly is damaged or how much it'll cost to repair the rooms.
The Blue Bombers organization has denied media access to the damaged spaces, turning down a second request by CBC News on Wednesday morning.
Katz said that shouldn't be happening in a facility that was built with taxpayers' money.
"As the mayor I'm very disappointed to hear that. Very disappointed to hear that," he said. "The realities are [that] this is a, in my mind, a public facility."
However, provincial sports minister Ron Lemieux said while he also considers the building a public facility, he's not going to try and force the Bombers to let media in given ongoing construction efforts. Those were cited by stadium management firm BBB Stadium in a statement Wednesday. Via Metro Winnipeg:Read More »from Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz calls for public to see flooding damage at Investors Group Field