The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have sold out the annual Banjo Bowl against the Saskatchewan Roughriders with well over a month to go until kickoff.
The rivalry game is scheduled for Saturday, September 9 at 3:00 p.m. CDT. This marks the ninth consecutive year that the game has sold out since the opening of IG Field in 2013.
Last year’s game was a one-sided affair, as the Bombers coasted to a 54-20 victory. The Riders were ravaged by stomach flu during the contest, prompting them to play significantly short-handed.
Winnipeg has an 11-7 record in the Banjo Bowl since its inaugural contest in 2004. They have also won six of the past seven 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, September 3. Saskatchewan has won 14 of the last 17 Labour Day Classics but has now dropped two in a row after a 20-18 loss last year.
Winnipeg has averaged crowds of 28,447 at their games this season to lead the league in attendance. The Bombers topped the CFL attendance charts for the first time in franchise history in 2018 with an average of 28,641 fans.