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Windsor celebrates as arena opens

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WINDSOR, Ont. - The city, which is suffering double-digit unemployment and a faltering automobile industry, is finally celebrating.

The city's new arena opened Thursday after 34 years of failed attempts to get shovels in the ground. Many doubted the day would ever come and even after construction started late last year, Mayor Eddie Francis says some continued to think the WFCU Centre would never open.

Before a packed house, banners commemorating past players, including Captain Mickey Renaud who died earlier this year at the age of 18, were raised to the rafters.

Windsor officials swear the 6,500 seat bowl style arena is second to none in the Ontario Hockey League.

The WFCU Centre replaces the 84-year-old Windsor Arena.

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