Football Nomads could become wanderers if police station rises on stadium site – Manitoba

The North Winnipeg Nomads may be forced to live up to their wandering namesake if the City of Winnipeg follows through on a proposal to build a new police station on the site of football club’s stadium.

The City of Winnipeg is eyeing up Charlie Krupp Stadium on the Old Exhibition Grounds along McPhillips Street as the preferred place to build a new North District police station that would replace the dilapidated and cramped District 3 station on Hartford Avenue in West Kildonan.

The city has set aside $23.1 million to build the new station, which would be the fourth and final new police station in a construction program that started in 2007 with the construction of a new East District station on Dugald Road in the St. Boniface Industrial Park.

The city also built a new West District station on Grant Avenue in Tuxedo and converted the former Canada Post warehouse-and-office-tower complex into a new police headquarters. 

Mynarski Coun. Ross Eadie said the city has determined the Old Exhibition Grounds would best suit the needs of the Winnipeg Police Service, given the easy access to a major thoroughfare on McPhillips Street.

North Winnipeg Nomads president Jeff Pirrie said he’s disappointed the city would even consider building a police station at Charlie Krupp Stadium. (Travis Golby/CBC)

But if the city follows through on this decision, it would displace the North Winnipeg Nomads, a football program that serves about 300 amateur athletes — boys, girls and young adults, aged seven to 22 — and has played out of Charlie Krupp Stadium since 1997.

This may also require the city to build a replacement stadium, said Eadie, who does not like the idea of displacing the football club.

“I’m opposed to that location unless the city wants to come up with the extra money to build a football stadium,” Eadie said Thursday in an interview. “We’re talking about a stadium of the Krupp class but still that’s expensive.”

Eadie, the lone member…

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