Besides concerts, some of Rockford's favorite moments at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

The BMO Harris Bank Center (aka Rockford MetroCentre) is celebrating its 40th anniversary on January 31st. Unfortunately, there can not be a big party for the occasion. Hopefully, later this year. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the great memories of our special arena.

If you would like to know more of the history of the building, I suggest checking out my interview with the original general manager, Doug Logan.

Video: Interview with Doug Logan, the original GM, of the BMO Harris Bank Center

I wanted to find out what the favorite BMO memories from 96.7 The Eagle listeners. Last week, I asked on The Eagle Facebook page. To find out what they thought, HERE.

Pretty much everyone went with concerts. I totally understand that because they are some much fun and the artists that have performed there are unbelievable. Plus, there have been thousands of shows in the building.

There is also a long history of other events held in the arena. So, I went back to Facebook this week and asked the question, "Besides concerts, favorite moment. Here's what they had to say.

  • IceHogs
  • Lightning
  • Hockey
  • ABA Fall Nationals
  • Lipizzaner Stallions
  • Soccer
  • WWE
  • Boat & Fishing Show
  • Toughman
  • BMX Racing
  • Monster Trucks
  • Bad Brad Hefton
  • Kickboxing Fights
  • Tractor Pulls
  • 25th class reunion ERAB 69
  • Kiwanis Pancake Day
  • Dr. Covey
  • 100 Men Who Cook
  • Arena Football
  • Craft Shows
  • Arena Cross
  • Disney on Ice
  • Harlem Globetrotters
  • Rodeo
  • Truck Pulls
  • Mud Racing
  • Rough Trucks

"Mike Oliver... IceHogs championship game 7 win."


"Brett Myhres... I worked for the Rockford Lightning back in the 2004-05 season, and for some reason we hated the coach of the Great Lakes Storm, Russ Bergman so much that t-shirts were made telling him that he sucks for one game."


"Dan Walker... WWE & Icehogs Championship game 7 I was there and it was loud that night."


"Chris McCord Dieguez... IceHogs Championship game 7! I was electric in the sold-out barnyard that night!!"


"Tiffany Ackerman...Being a "Ball Girl" for the Rockford Lightning!!! Ronnie Fields was my"


"Shawn Wade Miss The Rockford Lightning and going to the Main Event after the game because a bunch of the players would go there! Lamply Cofield Mannion Pistol Pete Meyers!"

There is a box in my basement full of ticket stubs from most of the concerts, games, and events I have been to in my life. I was able to find some from the BMO.

Ticket Stubs From BMO Harris Bank Center Events

I have so many great memories of going down to the BMO.

This is a BMO Harris Bank Center Flashback thanks to LawnCare By Walter.

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