Winnipeg Blue Bombers super fan Jesse Martin has been boosting the Blues since his first game 19 seasons ago.
“I was a Calgary Stampeders fan first and my dad took me to my very first Bombers game,” said Martin. “I became a Bomber fan, just because of the crowd, the aura around everything – it was really exciting. I thought that was where I wanted to be.
That’s where he’s been ever since.
Four years ago, he took his football mania to another level, creating a fan page to connect with other Blue Bomber boosters and make tailgates soar. Eventually he began to help organize events with the football club to attract crowds.
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“I really wanted to branch out and get people excited about the game, let them know what we could do on match day and work with the (football club) to create an amazing environment,” said Martin. “Gather the troops… that gets everyone excited and gets everyone on board for our Blue Bombers. “
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His group “Blue Bomber Fanatics” has grown considerably, with just over 2,500 football fans following the page and taking part in the fun.
He runs tailgates at every home game and works with the club to come up with some fun ideas for the fans – like the time he worked with the club and a broadcaster for a decibel level contest – “I knew our crowd was the loudest in the CFL, ”he said.
It’s all about the hype and the community – all year round.
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