August 6, 2014 8:19 pm

Winnipeg fans believing in Blue once again

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers home opener this season was roughly 8,550 fans short of a sellout, leaving Investors Group Field a quarter empty.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers home opener this season was roughly 8,550 fans short of a sellout, leaving Investors Group Field a quarter empty.

Russ Hobson / Global News

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ game Thursday night against the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be the first of three between the teams in five weeks.

Fans will definitely play a factor so it’s a good thing the Bombers are finally getting theirs back.

The Blue and Gold will play in front of a full house Thursday for the first time this season. What’s filling the seats is the team’s first place 5-1 record.

“For fans, that’s utopia,” said 680 CJOB’s Bob Irving.

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Many abandoned the Bombers following a rough two seasons in which they won just nine games. So many fans stopped believing in the Blue that this year’s home opener was 8,500 short of a sellout, leaving a quarter of the stadium empty.

“I thought they would struggle to draw early in the season because of what happened last year and the year before,” said Irving. “Just the negative perception the club has been functioning.”

If the Bombers beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-2), it’ll mark the first time they start a season with six wins in seven games since 2011 – the same year Winnipeg made it all the way to the Grey Cup.

But the Bombers know they need more than a few wins to woo their fans.

“We’re doing everything we can in this building to make sure we’re successfull,” said quarterback Drew Willy. “That goes from the top down.”

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