Bombers open Investors Group Field against Alouettes on TSN

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TSN.ca Staff
6/27/2013 12:00:22 PM
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One year after originally scheduled, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will officially open Investors Group Field this evening, taking on the Montreal Alouettes in the first regular season game at the new stadium in Winnipeg.

Watch the game live on TSN starting at 9pm et/6pm pt.

Investors Group Field will be in the spotlight, as the Bombers finally vacate the 60-year-old Canad Inns Stadium for their plush new home.

The opening of Investors Group Field is just one of many storylines for the game that kicks off the 2013 CFL campaign.

The Alouettes begin the Dan Hawkins era, as the former NCAA coach takes over for Marc Trestman, who is now head coach of the NFL's Chicago Bears.

Hawkins has been described as close to the polar opposite of Trestman, so it will be interesting to see how his personality jives with the veteran Montreal team.

One thing that is sure to lessen Hawkins' Canadian football learning curve is quarterback Anthony Calvillo. The 40-year-old veteran is entering his 20th season in the league and 16th season behind centre in Montreal. Calvillo's showing no signs of slowing down either; he threw for over 5,000 yards last season, the seventh time in his career he's done that.

And taking snaps on the other side of the field will be Buck Pierce. Pierce's health heading into the season is another storyline in Winnipeg but the 31-year-old said he's feeling strong for 2013.

The Als will be without running backs Brandon Whitaker and Jerome Messam, both on the one-game injury list, while the Bombers will be short DB Johnny Sears Jr. and SB Kito Poblah who are also on the one-game injury list.

Investors Group Field (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)

Game Notes: Als at Bombers

teams split 4 games last season, WPG winning final 2 meetings
teams split 2 games in WPG last season
WPG:
6-12 last season, did not win 2 straight games
started last season with an 0-4 road trip
Hall (9) led the team in sacks last season and was T-3rd in the league
Pierce had 113 attempts last season, his fewest since his first year in the league in 2005 (71)
Pierce's highest completion % in a game last season was on July 6th vs MTL (69.2%) 18/26
MTL:
11-7 last season, 4-5 on the road
lost their final 2 games last season, reg season finale vs WPG and Conf-Final vs TOR
Emery (87) led the team in tackles last season and was 5th in the league
Calvillo two consec 5,000 yard passing seasons, and he's had 7 in his career
Calvillo's best passing game last season was vs WPG: July 6 31/39 (79.5%), 443yards, 3TD (141.3 QB rating)

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