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After 15 Years in the Making, Jets’ Game Day is Here

October 9, 2011 8:55 AM | Sports

The Winnipeg Jets hit the ice at 4 p.m. for their season home opener at MTS Centre against the Montreal Canadiens. (DARRIN BAUMING / CHRISD.CA FILE)

It’s the biggest day in Winnipeg sports history and there’s a lot to take in. Leading up to this afternoon’s Jets/Montreal Canadiens home opener, there’s plenty of celebrations and opportunities for you to belt out “Go Jets Go!”

Beginning at noon, the Jets and the CBC will host The Family FanZone at The Forks. The family-friendly event will feature musical entertainment, contests, giveaways, and the CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcast of the big game. The festivities will run until 8 p.m.

12 p.m. — Show at The Forks begins
12:20 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. — Keith and Renée perform on the Scotiabank Stage
1:05 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. — Quinzy performs
2 p.m. — Jets representative speech
2:10 p.m. to 2:35 p.m. — Doc Walker performs
2:50 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. — “Fuelled by Passion” Jets documentary will be aired on screens
3:20 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Pre-game and live CBC game broadcast will be aired on screens
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. — “Hockey Night in Canada” inaugural game broadcast — Jets vs. Canadiens

Before the puck drops at MTS Centre, Winnipeg-born singer Chantal Kreviazuk and Jim Cuddy will sing the National Anthem backed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Brass and Percussion Ensemble.

Following the game, fans can make their way to the After Burner Social at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, where Keith and Renée will perform at 7:30 p.m., followed by Blue Rodeo at 8:30 p.m. Doors to the social open at 2:30 p.m. for fans looking to watch the game on big screens.

Like the celebrations on Thursday, Winnipeg police will also be out in full effect to enforce the Liquor Control Act, handing out fines to anyone caught drinking in public/in the streets.