If you look at rates, no, Winnipeg is not the fastest growing. But one cannot use rates as such a measurement of anything other than per-annum growth. In terms of net population, it has been up there by quite a bit, and is only growing more every year since 2005. To me, this is more important than a growth rate because we won't ever get as high as say Saskatoon or Regina anytime soon....but even if Saskatoon continues its growth rate and Winnipeg completely stopped growing, it would take ~60 years for Saskatoon to catch up in population.
Fear the Saskaboom. With all the new oil and potash deposits they found out here I'll say Saskatoon catches Winnipeg in 20 years
It's funny, but a lot of what you are saying was said about the return of the NHL to Winnipeg.
I think we need to see how the city responds to the NASL when we get it (I think that will happen). That will be the determinant.
I was waiting for someone to say that. The difference between the 2 should be obvious. There is a passion in this city for NHL hockey..so much so that people are willing to pay some of the highest ticket prices in the league for several seasons on end even if the Jets don't make the playoffs. This passion does not extend to MLS soccer or at least, it doesn't extend to significant numbers in the 'Peg.
As much as I enjoy the sport of Soccer (Football) I don't think I would ever pay to go to a game. I enjoy watching the odd game on tv but that would be World Cup/Euro stuff. I may have watched 30 minutes of an MLS game on tv but I wasn't too interested.
And to compound the issue... I doubt I will be going to many (if any) Bomber games when they move to their new stadium. Too out of the way for me and I guess I'm not that big of a Bomber fan in the first place.