One of the most fun and family-friendly things to do in Winnipeg is taking in the rich sports history in the city.
Winnipeg is home to four major professional sports teams, across three different sports. Whereas getting to see a Winnipeg Jets game is very tough, and most people don’t get to see them, the other three are inexpensive, easy to get tickets for, and a great way to spend an afternoon or evening.
In the spring, a great way to take the family out is to go watch the Manitoba Moose play hockey. Their games are played in the heart of downtown Winnipeg at the MTS Centre.
Moose games have a great atmosphere that is perfect for people of all ages and families of all sizes. Whether you’re going to watch hockey, or you’re going to eat Canadian junk food, Moose games offer a great way to end off the winter and spring.
Tickets for Moose games can be bought for as little as $15.00, and can be bought either in advance or at the door.
Summer, however, offers two other sports that the family can go watch.
The first is baseball. The Winnipeg Goldeyes play in the American Association of Independent Baseball. They’ve been around for over 20 years, and for the past number of years have been among the most consistently big crowds in the league.
Their games are played at Shaw Park, right beside another local site, The Forks. Tickets to these games are as little as $10.00, and the experience is worth much more than that. There are inclusive fan-games throughout the night, and there is food galore.
Also, being located beside The Forks adds another element to the evening. Spending an afternoon at The Forks and finishing off the day catching a Goldeyes game is a wonderful way to spend a day.
The second is football. Winnipeg is home to the Blue Bombers. The Bombers have been playing football in Winnipeg for over 80 years, and are a staple in the local sports community. They play their games at Investors Group Field.
Even more important than their games, however, is the family experience that they give.
Before each game there is a section referred to as the “Blue & Gold Zone.” In the Blue & Gold Zone there are games and contests for kids to play, prizes for all to win, and food like you wouldn’t believe. Once the game starts the festivities keep going with fan interaction, and above all else, exciting football on the field.
Tickets are as low as $25.00 for these games.
Whether your family likes sports or not, these three local teams provide more than just on-field entertainment. They provide a full afternoon/evening experience that can be fun for the entire family.
Article and Photo by Josh Kerr.