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Dramatic improvements at stadium after Blue's pre-season debacle

A Winnipeg Blue Bomber fan gets a string of blue beads on the way in to Investors Group Field. (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Colby Wieby, 4, gets a temporary tattoo outside Investors Group Field. (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Winnipeggers arrive  at Investors Group Field in droves. (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Families and friends gather outside of Investors Group Field. (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
There was loads of entertainment for Winnipeggers outside Investors Group Field. (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
(Right) Bike valet Bill Newman takes care of fans' bikes as Winnipeggers arrive at Investors Group Field. (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Winnipeggers Terry Crawford biked with son Aiden to Investors Group Field. (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Winnipeggers enter the gates at Investors Group Field. (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Bomber fans make some last-minute purchases at the Bomber Store at Investors Group Field before the game starts. (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Fans twirl white towels to welcome the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the season opener. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
A miniature airplane buzzes on the turf before kickoff at Investors Group Field. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
A C-130 Hercules aircraft flies over Investors Group Field. (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Milt Stegall gets the handoff from Ken Ploen in the pre-game ceremony. (John Woods / The Canadian Press)
Former Blue Bomber great Milt Stegall runs through a gold ribbon after catching a pass from Matt Dunigan to officially open the Investors Group Field and the CFL regular season Thursday night. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
A Canadian Forces C130 Hercules does a fly-by during Oh Canada. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Bomber fans stream in to the new stadium before the regular-season home opener against the Montreal Alouettes. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Investors Group field is seen from the air prior to kickoff. (Boris Minkevichh / Winnipeg Free Press)
Another view of Investors Group Field from the air prior to kickoff Thursday night. (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press)
Fans get ready to watch the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' regular-season opener against the Montreal Alouettes Thursday night. (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A Winnipeg Blue Bomber fan gets a string of blue beads on the way in to Investors Group Field. - (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Colby Wieby, 4, gets a temporary tattoo outside Investors Group Field. - (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Winnipeggers arrive at Investors Group Field in droves. - (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Families and friends gather outside of Investors Group Field. - (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
There was loads of entertainment for Winnipeggers outside Investors Group Field. - (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
(Right) Bike valet Bill Newman takes care of fans' bikes as Winnipeggers arrive at Investors Group Field. - (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Winnipeggers Terry Crawford biked with son Aiden to Investors Group Field. - (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Winnipeggers enter the gates at Investors Group Field. - (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Bomber fans make some last-minute purchases at the Bomber Store at Investors Group Field before the game starts. - (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Fans twirl white towels to welcome the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the season opener. - (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
A miniature airplane buzzes on the turf before kickoff at Investors Group Field. - (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
A C-130 Hercules aircraft flies over Investors Group Field. - (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Milt Stegall gets the handoff from Ken Ploen in the pre-game ceremony. - (John Woods / The Canadian Press)
Former Blue Bomber great Milt Stegall runs through a gold ribbon after catching a pass from Matt Dunigan to officially open the Investors Group Field and the CFL regular season Thursday night. - (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
A Canadian Forces C130 Hercules does a fly-by during Oh Canada. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Bomber fans stream in to the new stadium before the regular-season home opener against the Montreal Alouettes. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Investors Group field is seen from the air prior to kickoff. - (Boris Minkevichh / Winnipeg Free Press)
Another view of Investors Group Field from the air prior to kickoff Thursday night. - (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press)
Fans get ready to watch the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' regular-season opener against the Montreal Alouettes Thursday night. - (JESSICA BURTNICK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
History

Updated on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 6:35 AM CDT: replaces photo, changes headline, adds question for discussion

6:45 AM: adds slideshow

11:55 AM: corrects typo

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