Bison Football begins regular season at home against Calgary
The Bisons play their first regular season game in 2016 Canada West league at home on Thursday, Sept. 1. The team faces the Calgary Dinos with kickoff at 7 p.m. CT at Investors Group Field.
The game will also be televised live as Canada West Shaw Game of the Week and radio broadcast can be heard live on 101.5 UMFM or online at umfm.com.
To begin the 2016 season, the Bisons are ranked fourth in the annual Canada West coaches’ pre-season poll. Calgary is tied for first.
Last season, the Bisons played the Calgary only once and, which was also the Bisons’ home opener. Calgary won 46-38 at IGF.
Over coach Brian Dobie’s 20 seasons tenure with the team, the Bisons have an 11-19 record against the Calgary, including a 7-8 record at home during the regular season.
In the 2014 season, Manitoba went 5-3 in the regular season, placing them third in Canada West division. The team lost in the conference semi-final to eventual CIS champion, the UBC Thunderbirds while Calgary was the Canada West regular season champion after a perfect 8-0 season and ranked first at the end of the CIS Top 10 poll before losing in the conference final to UBC.
Earlier this year, both the Bisons and the Dinos played in pre-season action. Calgary won 37-13 over Regina in Medicine Hat, AB on Aug. 25. The Bisons played in the first-ever CIS game played on Vancouver Island, defeating UBC by a 50-7 score in Langford, B.C. on Aug. 26.
Manitoba and Calgary will play once again during the conference regular season in 2016 when the Dinos host the Bisons on Friday, October 14 at 8 p.m. CT.
Tickets for Manitoba Bisons football regular season games are available through any Ticketmaster location, walk up at Ticketmaster counter on Game Day, online at ticketmaster.ca or call Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-5000.
In addition, U of M faculty and staff get in free for the Bison football home opener. To redeem tickets for the September 1 football home opener, go to ticketmaster.ca and use the promo code: umstaff2016. (Online redemption only. Promo code is valid Wed., Aug. 24 at 12 p.m. until Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. CT. Ticketmaster fees will apply.)