The BMO Harris Bank Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary and here's a look back with interviews, pictures, and more.

January 31st marks the 40th Anniversary of the Grand Opening of the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford. That night was the very first concert featuring a performance by Dionne Warwick, Thanks to LawnCare By Walter, I am going to take a look back at the history of the arena, share memories, and chat with some people who made an impact on our community.

I could not tell the story of the Rockford MetroCentre without including a conversation with Doug Logan. Without him, there is a good chance I would not be talking about this historic building. The idea of a civic center being build in downtown Rockford had been around for a while. Doug was the main force in getting the plan done. He would then become the first general manager. Not only that, but he also put Rockford on the map when it came to concerts and events. During his tenure, the list of shows is legendary.

I was honored for the opportunity to have a few minutes to speak with Mr. Logan. He shared some fascinating stories and insights into those first few years. If you ever have been down to the BMO Harris Bank Center through the years, I believe you will find it very interesting.

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

Here are some pictures from those early days of the BMO Harris Bank Center.

40th Anniversary of BMO Harris Bank Center (picture courtesy of BMO Harris Bank Center)

I thought it would be great to talk with one of the first employees of the BMO Harris Bank Center to get their perspective on what it was like to work there in the beginning and to tell a couple of stories about the whole experience. I was able to catch up with Ann Campos. Check out her memories from back in those days.

Video: Interview with Ann Campos, one of the first employees, of the BMO Harris Bank Center

Ann kept many great items from back in those days and she was kind enough to share them with us. Check out some photos of her collection.

BMO Harris Bank Center Artifacts From Ann Campos

I hope you've enjoyed this flashback of the BMO Harris Bank Center to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. Don't worry, I'll have more coming soon.


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