Feb. 29, 1988: 'City of Champions!' added to welcome to Edmonton signs
Signs meant to celebrate sports beyond the Oilers and Eskimos
City pride was high when Mayor Laurence Decore unveiled 'City of Champions!' signs at a city hall ceremony, even as work crews were busy installing the new signs at highway entrances.
The Edmonton Grads, the Northern Lights wheelchair basketball team and the NAIT Ookpiks hockey team were all badges of honour for the city in sports.
At the ceremony, Decore paid tribute to Calgary hosting the 1988 Olympics and compared the two cities' ability to entertain the world at large events.
"They've shown that southern Albertans are just as great in terms of organization and volunteerism as northern Albertans," Decore said.
In the video, CBC's Marilyn Lee shows the installation of the newly-minted signs and some of Edmonton's rich sports history.