The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are planning to open their new stadium with a 400-person football relay.

The Olympic-style run will begin on Saturday 22nd June in Portage la Prairie and end on Thursday 27th June, the day the Blue Bombers' new home, Investors Group Field, will host its first regular-season CFL game.

In Winnipeg, the run will pass by the former sites of Osborne Stadium and Canad Inns Stadium before ending up at Investors Group Field.

Bomber vice-president Jerry Maslowsky said: “I was involved in the Pan American games in 1999.

“One of the things I really remember was the torch run and part of that was getting communities handing [off] this torch and bringing it into Winnipeg.”

People will be able to apply online or at various sponsors to be one of 300 runners selected from the general public and contest details will be announced Tuesday 21st May. Another 100 runners will include mayors and others already selected.

Former Bomber veteran Doug Brown is a spokesman for the Kickoff Run and joked that no fumbles will be allowed.

“If you fumble the ball, you have to move to Saskatchewan and give me 100 push-ups.

“If you are not a Winnipeg Blue Bomber fan, do not enter to win this contest, otherwise you will be blind-sided by me at some point in your Kickoff Run leg.”

Posted on 15/05/2013