Bisons host first ever CIS preseason game

The Manitoba Bisons begin their defence of the 2014 Canada West football championship title by starting the 2015 season with a brand new non-conference opponent during a pre-season home game.

The Bisons host the first-ever CIS pre-season football game at Investors Group Field in the 2015 season opener when they host the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday, August 22 with a 1 p.m. kickoff. This is the first of back-to-back seasons of both teams playing in pre-season action as Manitoba will play at Guelph to start the 2016 season.

Guelph was the 2014 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) finalist after a tough 20-14 loss at McMaster in the Yates Cup in November 2014. 

Manitoba has not played a non-Canada West opponent in pre-season play since the 1990s. They played Guelph twice in pre-season back in 1991 (when Bison assistant coachStan Pierre was in uniform) and 1973 (when Bison head coach Brian Dobie played).

Tickets will be available at the gate with ticket prices of is $15 for adults, U of M Students are free (more details on gobisons.ca) while High School students receive a 50% off of General Admission price at the gate with valid GoCard and 12 and under are free. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster and a ticketing surcharge will apply. Seating for all Bison Football games will also remain as general admission.

People can purchase the 2015 Bison football season tickets and will receive August 22 pre-season game for free. More details at gobions.ca website.

The Bisons have not played a pre-season game since the 2013 season when they lost 30-25 on the road against the Regina Rams.

Bison Football – 2015 Pre-Season Game at Investors Group Field

Saturday, August 22    Bisons vs. Guelph        Game time: 1 p.m. CT 

Key Stats – FTB History in pre-season games over last 12 seasons

(Bisons pre-season record: 3-2)

August 22, 2015  (Pre-Season)

Manitoba vs., Guelph 25 at Manitoba 

2014

– no pre-season game

August 23, 2013  (Pre-Season)

Regina 30 Manitoba 25 at Regina 

August 24, 2012  (Pre-Season)

Manitoba 29 Regina 13 at Regina 

August 27, 2011  (Pre-Season)

Regina 15 Manitoba 7 at Regina 

2010  

– no pre-season game

2009  

– no pre-season game

2008  

– no pre-season game

2007

– no pre-season game

2006  

– no pre-season game

August 26, 2005  (Pre-Season)

Manitoba 24 Regina 15 at Regina 

August 28, 2004  (Pre-Season)

Manitoba 48 Regina 21 at Regina

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