History of Calgary – Then & Now – 2000 vs. 2020
A Near Record-Setting July…
In July of 2000, Calgary had its second sunniest summer on record ever. In June of the same year, every single day had some amount of sunshine or another, an astonishing fact considering that the month’s total rainfall was 43 percent higher than long-term averages spread out through a total of 20 days.
Birth of a Festival…
In the Fall of 2000, the very first annual Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) was held for twelve days in late September and early October. Its premier event was the screening of Waydowntown, a locally-produced film exploring culture and its affects.
Over the years, the festival has grown exponentially with screenings of up to 200 different multi-genre features and short films from national and international destinations. Part of the festivities include gala events, special presentations, screenings and a behind the scenes series that promotes fan-artist interactions.
BC Lions Win…
On November 26th, 2000, the BC Lions beat the Montreal Alouettes 28 to 26 at McMahon Stadium to become the 88th Grey Cup Champions. In attendance were 43,822 people to watch the Lions take the lead 9 to 3 heading into half-time. It was a close game in the second-half, with both teams rallying offensive bouts.
The same year the Calgary Stampeders had an excellent season as they managed to finish first in the Western Division with a record of 12W-5L-1T. Dickenson, the teams quarterback at the time, was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player. Unfortunately, the Stamps lost to the Lions in the Western Division final.
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