Investors Group Field repairs will take 2 more years to complete

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Repairs to the faulty concrete and drainage at Winnipeg's Investors Group Field will take two more years to complete, but the stadium's owner is promising there will be no conflicts with events at the four-year-old football stadium.

Construction crews working on deficiencies at the 33,500-seat stadium will wrap up their latest round of repairs in May, the non-profit entity Triple B Stadium said in a statement Thursday.

The home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers has been plagued with concrete, drainage and other issues since it opened in May 2013. The problems spawned a lawsuit between Triple B Stadium — which represents the city, province, University of Manitoba and Winnipeg Football Club — and both stadium contractor Stuart Olson and architect Ray Wan.

It also led the province to guarantee $35 million worth of loans to begin repairs. To date, $21.4 million has been spent on this work, Triple B Stadium chair Andrew Konowalchuk said in a statement.

"The first phase of repairs included remediation work on the upper concourse level, specifically with respect to water infiltration and general building drainage and was completed under budget and on schedule," Konowalchuk said in the statement.

"The first part of the second phase of repairs is expected to be completed by the beginning of May," the statement said.

"This work addresses water infiltration of the main concourse level, as well as the waterproofing and drainage of the entire lower-bowl seating areas."

Konowalchuk said the rest of the second-phase work, which consists of lower-bowl waterproofing, "will continue during breaks in the 2017 and 2018 event schedule" and should wrap up for good in May 2019.

Construction outside Investors Group Field does not involve Triple B Stadium. The city is building a rapid-transit station on the north side of the stadium, at the end of a spur leg of the Southwest Transitway.

That station will open on July 7, when the Bombers host Calgary in their 2017 season home opener,  Winnipeg chief administrative officer Doug McNeil told city council's public works committee Thursday.

Winnipeg Football Club president and CEO Wade Miller said the new terminal will remove buses from Chancellor Matheson Drive and University Crescent on event days, reducing congestion.