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More than 20,000 fans made their way to Montreal’s Percival Molson Stadium on Thursday for the Alouettes’ 2024 home opener.

“We’re going to present our banner tonight,” said Jean-Marc Edmé, Alouettes Senior Personnel Executive. “We’re going to put the 2023 season to bed tonight.”

“It’s going to be an emotional night.”

Alouettes Home Opener at Percival Molson Stadium on June 20, 2024. (Credit: Pamela Pagano/CityNews)

“It means a lot,” added Edmé. “But it’s mostly for the fans.”

“The fans in Montreal, they waited for so long to get a Grey Cup,” he added. “So tonight it’s going to be a big celebration.”

“It’s really big for the organization, but it’s mostly for the fans tonight.”

Jean-Marc Edmé, Alouettes Senior Personnel Executive, at the team’s home opener on June 20, 2024. (Credit: Pamela Pagano/CityNews)

The team beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the championship game back in November – their first game home for this season, facing the Ottawa Redblacks.

“We are a team of champions,” said Tristan Mac, Montreal Alouettes fan. “Montreal football is a champion city.”

“I think Alouettes is going to win,” said Vincent Fortin, fan and football player from the Démons de Ste-Agathe. “They have a good team, good coach.”

Démons de Ste-Agathe football team at the Alouettes Home Opener on June 20, 2024. (Credit: Pamela Pagano/CityNews)

“The message to the team is team playing,” said Heather Lowengren, Montreal Alouettes superfan. “They understand that, they’re all a team.”

Lowengren has been delivering her delicious brownies and cookies to the team every week at their practices for more than 10 years.

Even landing herself a championship ring – a gift from the team.

Lowengren’s 2023 Grey Cup championship ring seen at the Alouettes home opener on June 20, 2024 at Molson Stadium. (Credit: Pamela Pagano/CityNews)

“Little did I know not only was I invited but they gave me a ring,” she explained. “They said I’m part of their family and I always will be.”

“It means the world to me.”

Lowengren at the Alouettes Home Opener on June 20, 2024 at he Molson Stadium. (Credit: Pamela Pagano/CityNews)

The home opener festivities included a flyby by two CF-18 jets.

Musical performances from Quebec bands, fun and more.

Stage at the Alouettes Home Opener 2024 at Percival Molson Stadium on June 20. (Credit: Pamela Pagano/CityNews)

The Alouettes beat the Ottawa Redblacks 47 to 21 – a great way to have spent the first day of summer.

“Keep coming,” said Edmé. “We have a great team.”

“We love our fans,” he added. “We love Montreal.”

Alouettes Home Opener 2024 at Percival Molson Stadium on June 20. (Credit: Pamela Pagano/CityNews)

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