Thursday, June 23, 2011

Home is where the heart is

While Ottawa's civic officials and advocate groups argue over whether they even want a stadium (see Twelve Men passim), other Canadian cities are moving forward with their plans either for renovation or construction of new stadium facilities.

Cities such as Vancouver are moving towards a completion date of the jewel of the CFL's BC Place (soon to be fitted with its retractable roof), Hamilton finally moving forward towards a new facility at Ivor Wynne and Regina reviewing its options for its own downtown stadium, a structure which could very well make Saskatchewan's capital the envy of most Canadian cities.

In Winnipeg, the actual shovels are in the ground at the University of Manitoba site where the Bombers will call home in 2012.

With the end of the era for Winnipeg Stadium/CanadInn Stadium now within sight, the Winnipeg Free Press is offering up a look back at some remarkable Blue Bomber history.

The Winnipeg paper has begun an affectionate look back at the 58 year old stadium that provided thrills and tears for Bomber fans through its history, home to Grey Cup celebrations as well as games that denied their Blue a chance to compete for the CFL's coveted Cup.

We will provide a link to each remembrance as they update their scrapbook, planned for each Bomber home game.

June 23--  Opening night, August 15, 1953

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