Member Profile


Photo: WIlliam Au
Winnipeg has gone from being the centre of the continent, to the centre of everyone’s attention as a top-tier sport tourism destination. Recently, the Global Sport Impact (GSI) Canada Index ranked Winnipeg third in Canada as National Sports Host 2018. This comes on the heels of several new developments in recent years that have seen our friendly Prairie city of 749,500 bloom with world-class attractions and facilities that complement our excellent arts and culture and culinary scenes.   

Photo: Assiniboine Park Conservancy

About Winnipeg 

Winnipeg is the capital city of Manitoba. Popular attractions include The Forks National Historic Site, where you can take a tour of the city on skates in the winter (while encountering internationally designed huts that were just celebrated in the LA Times) or by water taxi in spring / summer / fall; journey to Churchill at Assiniboine Park Zoo, where polar bears dazzle audiences as they swim overhead; and Thermëa by Nordik Spa Nature, one of North America’s best outdoor spas. There's also the Canadian Museum for Human Rights — this iconic building now graces Canada's newly designed $10 bills and is renowned for its dramatic national and international stories that leave a lasting impact.

Winnipeg is also home to such cultural institutions as the Winnipeg Art Gallery – home to one of the world’s largest collections of contemporary Inuit Art, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Museum; vast green spaces at Assiniboine Park, and so much more. 

On the professional sporting side of things we have the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets – whose home Bell MTS Place is one of North America’s busiest arena venues, the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers – who call the new Investors Group Field home, and the 2016 & 2017 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball Champion Winnipeg Goldeyes – who play in Shaw Park, located downtown right by the Red River. 

Photo: 2017 Canada Games

A winning track record hosting sporting events 

Winnipeg is a proven destination when it comes to hosting world-class sporting events. In the past four years we’ve hosted such major events as the Grey Cup, the NHL Heritage Classic, the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the incredibly successful 2017 Canada Summer Games, which exceeded attendance expectations. For the gold medal baseball game alone, there were about 7,000 spectators making it the largest crowd ever to watch an under-17 game in the country.  

Our storied sporting history of hosting Games also includes the 2005 Canadian Francophone Games, where over 1,200 participants and more than 750 volunteers attended on average at every edition of the Games, along with the 1999 Pan Am Games – where over 5,000 athletes competed in 35 sports. 

Major sporting event highlights in 2018 include Mark's CFL Week, a free four-day event packed with fan and family friendly events.  Winnipeg will also host the 2018 World Masters Ultimate Club Championships.  

Our full sporting events hosting list is found here: 

Great location 

Our central location equates to short flight times from either coast, while 60 direct flight destinations are serviced by the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. The airport is only 15 minutes from downtown, while the surrounding area features excellent hotels along with shopping at CF Polo Park and  Outlet Collection Winnipeg. 

Photo: Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Sports Facilities

Winnipeg provides sport facilities for year-round recreation ranging from outdoor competitions such as ultimate disc sports and cricket games to indoor sports including curling, swimming and gymnastics. 

At a glance there is:  

  • University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg – both feature indoor soccer complexes, basketball/volleyball courts, and various outdoor fields
  • The Pan-Am Pool hosted the 1967 and 1999 Pan Am Games, and will receive $2.6 million in renovations in 2018 to replace its heating, lighting and public address system
  • Bell MTS Iceplex – offering four NHL-sized ice sheets, a high-performance off-ice training facility, conference rooms and much more 
  • Shaw Park – built to meet all standards for AAA professional baseball
  • The 2017 Canada Summer Games left a legacy on Winnipeg's sport infrastructure, including the opening of the new Canada Games Sport for Life Centre, a state-of-the-art training athletic training centre housing a track, multiple courts, sport medicine centre, training and workshop spaces, and more. Other developments include upgrades and new facilities such as: University Stadium at University of Manitoba, Sargent Park Beach Volleyball Centre, Bison Butte Mountain Bike Course and investments at Pan Am Pool.
  • Buehler Recreation Park – featuring nine baseball diamonds, and four soccer/football pitches
  • Investors Group Field – home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, University of Manitoba Bison football and soccer, along with being a venue for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Get us working for you! 

We assist in everything from:  

  • Writing bid proposals 
  • Accommodation and venue options 
  • Recommending suppliers 
  • Site visits 
  • Marketing services 
  • Financial incentives 

Organizations interested in hosting a major sports or special event in Winnipeg can contact us.  


Annie Henry 
Manager, Business Development  


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