The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have sold out the annual Banjo Bowl against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. This marks the eighth consecutive year that the game has sold out since the opening of IG Field in 2013.
The rivalry game is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 with gates opening at 2:30 p.m. CDT ahead of a 4:00 p.m. CDT kickoff.
A massive brawl broke out in the south end zone of last season’s Banjo Bowl with three players from either team being penalized for roughing. Saskatchewan lost defensive tackle Garrett Marino and defensive back A.J. Hendy to ejection and Winnipeg went on to win the game by a final score of 33-9.
Winnipeg has a 10-7 record in the Banjo Bowl since its inaugural contest in 2004. They have also won five of the past six meetings with the only exception being a 32-27 victory for the Riders in 2018.
The Riders will host the Blue Bombers for the annual Labour Day Classic in Regina six days prior to the Banjo Bowl on Sunday, Sept. 4. Saskatchewan has won 14 of the last 16 Labour Day Classics but dropped last year’s game by a score of 23-8.
Winnipeg has averaged crowds of 27,600 at their games this season to lead the league in attendance. Winnipeg is one of three teams that has never led the CFL in attendance — the other two are Hamilton and Ottawa — which puts them on track to make history in 2022.