August 7, 2014 2:11 pm
Updated: August 7, 2014 2:17 pm

Winnipeg Blue Bombers ask fans to head to game early

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are urging fans to leave early for Thursday's game.

Jeremy Desrochers / Global News

WINNIPEG – With only single tickets available and construction putting a chokehold on Pembina Highway, the Blue Bombers are asking fans to leave early for Thursday’s game.

The game against the archrival Saskatchewan Roughriders is close to selling out as the Winnipeg team rides a wave of popularity on the strength of a 5-1 start to the CFL season.

The game starts at 7:30 p.m. but a tailgating party starts at 5 p.m., an email to media said.

Construction has narrowed Pembina Highway to one lane from Bishop Grandin to Markham Road, just north of Bison Drive.

This is the Bombers’ first full house of the season at Investors Group Stadium as fans regroup following a disastrous season last year in which they won only three games.

READ MORE: Winnipeg Blue Bombers take on defending Grey Cup champs

If the Bombers win Thursday, it will be the first time they’ve been 6-1 since 2011, when the team made the Grey Cup final.

Investors Group Field was plagued by parking and traffic problems during its first year of operation in 2013.

READ MORE: Bombers fans frustrated by gridlock leaving stadium

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