WINNIPEG — On July 20, 2006 in a road game against the Edmonton Eskimos, Blue Bomber legend Milt Stegall recorded what is arguably the most memorable touchdown catch in team history, scampering 100 yards to the endzone on the last play from scrimmage to give Winnipeg a 25-22 victory.
Unfortunately, the blue and gold haven’t won at Commonwealth Stadium ever since and will hope to alter that trend this evening as they face the 2-2 Eskimos. Below is a list of significant events that have occurred in Winnipeg since the last time the Bombers bested the green and gold on the road.
Nov. 19, 2006: Winnipeg hosts the 94th Grey Cup Game between B.C. and Montreal at Canad Inns Stadium. It was the third time the Grey Cup was played in Winnipeg and the last before the opening of Investor’s Group Field.
Sept. 10, 2007: The City Records Centre at 311 Ross Avenue officially opens. This dedicated storage facility accommodates over 9,500 cubic feet of records and archival materials and allows city departments to move their inactive records out of high cost office space into the lower cost service-oriented environment of a central records storage facility.
Nov. 17, 2008: Debby — a long-time resident of Assiniboine Park Zoo and the world’s oldest living polar bear — passes away at the age of 42.
Dec. 9, 2009: Winnipeg’s new state-of-the-art $300 million drinking water treatment plant begins delivering treated water to residents. Located at Deacon Reservoir just east of Winnipeg, the drinking water treatment plant was the largest infrastructure project undertaken by the City of Winnipeg at the time.
June 16-19, 2010: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s first national event takes place at The Forks. The national events were intended to engage and educate the Canadian public about the Indian Residential School system.
May 31, 2011: True North Sports & Entertainment made the announcement that they had purchased the Atlanta Thrashers from Atlanta Spirit and the franchise would be relocated to Winnipeg, signaling the return of the Winnipeg Jets.
April 5, 2012: Phase one of Winnipeg’s bus rapid transit system commences operation. The first section runs in the southwest direction from Queen Elizabeth Way to Pembina Highway at Jubilee Avenue.
May 26, 2013: Investor’s Group field officially opens.
Sept. 19, 2014: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights — the world’s only museum solely devoted to the exploration and celebration of human rights — officially opens.
June 8-16, 2015: Winnipeg hosts seven preliminary matches for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at Investors Group Field, including games featuring the United States and Australia.