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TIME-LAPSE: Saying farewell to the stadium

Canad Inns Stadium received a final one cannon salute on Saturday afternoon.

The highest-profile weapon of pass (and run) production in the province went off for a final time as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers bid farewell to their longtime home (again) after a meaningless victory over the Montreal Alouettes.

The Free Press set up multiple cameras to capture time-lapse photos at the final Winnipeg Blue Bombers game at Canad Inns Stadium on November 3, 2012.

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The Free Press set up multiple cameras to capture time-lapse photos at the final Winnipeg Blue Bombers game at Canad Inns Stadium on November 3, 2012. Photo Store

Since the former Winnipeg Stadium opened in the summer of 1953, it has hosted about 600 football CFL games, including a trio of Grey Cups (1991, 1998 and 2006), the opening ceremonies of the 1967 and 1999 Pan Am Games, a Toronto Blue Jays exhibition game, several seasons of Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball and many high school football championships.

It has also been the site of some of the most memorable concerts Winnipeg has ever had, including U2, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, AC/DC, the Eagles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd.

If the stadium saw any regrets, it surely would be that the Blue Bombers never won a Grey Cup on home turf.

In honour of this second — and final — goodbye to the stadium, the Free Press put together a digital farewell on our website (www.winnipegfreepress.com) using three cameras. In total, about 10,000 stills were taken, for the time-lapse view of the historic game, plus some video of Bombers fans.

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