Ovations Food Services

Investors Group Field, Winnipeg

With Investors Group Field replacing Canad Inns Stadium - historically known for warm beer and soggy pretzels - it was a prime opportunity to examine the state of food and beverage offerings available to fans enjoying an event at the new home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Working with the architectural team, concessions were strategically placed throughout the main and upper concourses to allow for a maximum thoroughfare so fans could leave their seats, purchase food and beverage and return to the action as soon as possible.

It was designed with quick order turnaround in mind to maximize freshness, as most dishes are prepared while you wait. Where pre-cooking was required, a massive central kitchen was implemented in the basement of the west side grandstands to service concessions and the suite level. Additionally, a 500-seat restaurant was built to further enhance the food and beverage experience.

The design of all 19 concessions, 4 central pantries (serving the box suites), central kitchen and restaurant space was completed in December 2012. In early January 2013, the fit-out began and after months of problem solving and teamwork, the designers, construction manager and associated trades were able to have everything completed before opening.

After months of problem solving and teamwork the designers, construction manager and associated trades were able to successfully have everything ready to go in only 23 weeks. They all worked intensely as a team to address problems, unexpected site conditions and overcame coordination hurdles.

In the end, they essentially constructed 25 stand-alone full service restaurants with a total throughput of well over 30,000 meals per event.