Olympic Stadium (Montreal)

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Olympic Stadium (Stade olympique) is a multi-purpose stadium in Canada, located at Olympic Park in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of Montreal.wikipedia
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Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

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Olympic Stadium (Stade olympique) is a multi-purpose stadium in Canada, located at Olympic Park in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of Montreal.
Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is a neighbourhood in Montreal, Quebec, situated on the eastern half of the island, generally to the south and southwest of the city's Olympic Stadium.

1976 Summer Olympics

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Built in the mid-1970s as the main venue for the 1976 Summer Olympics, it is nicknamed "The Big O", a reference to both its name and to the doughnut-shape of the permanent component of the stadium's roof.
The opening ceremony of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games was held on Saturday, July 17, 1976, at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec in front of an audience of some 73,000 in the stadium, and an estimated half billion watching on television.

Montreal Expos

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Following the 2004 baseball season, the Expos relocated to Washington, D.C. to become the Washington Nationals. In 1977, the stadium replaced Jarry Park Stadium as the home ballpark of the National League's Montreal Expos.
Named after the Expo 67 World's Fair, the Expos originally played at Jarry Park Stadium before moving to Olympic Stadium in 1977.

Grey Cup

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The Montreal Alouettes of the CFL returned to their previous home of Molson Stadium in 1998 for regular season games, but continued to use Olympic Stadium for playoff and Grey Cup games until 2014 when they returned to Molson Stadium for all of their games.
Held in late November or early December, and mostly in outdoor stadiums, the Grey Cup has been played in inclement weather at times, including the 1950 "Mud Bowl", in which a player reportedly came close to drowning in a puddle, then the 1962 "Fog Bowl", when the final minutes of the game had to be postponed to the following day due to a heavy fog, and the 1977 "Ice Bowl", contested on the frozen-over artificial turf at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

Washington Nationals

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Following the 2004 baseball season, the Expos relocated to Washington, D.C. to become the Washington Nationals.
Starting in 1977, the team's home venue was Montreal's Olympic Stadium, built for the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Montreal

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Olympic Stadium (Stade olympique) is a multi-purpose stadium in Canada, located at Olympic Park in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of Montreal.
Saint Joseph's Oratory, completed in 1967, Ernest Cormier's Art Deco Université de Montréal main building, the landmark Place Ville Marie office tower, the controversial Olympic Stadium and surrounding structures, are but a few notable examples of the city's 20th-century architecture.

Canadian Football League

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The Montreal Alouettes of the CFL returned to their previous home of Molson Stadium in 1998 for regular season games, but continued to use Olympic Stadium for playoff and Grey Cup games until 2014 when they returned to Molson Stadium for all of their games. After the Olympics, artificial turf was installed and it became the home of Montreal's professional baseball and football teams.
Toronto and recently revived Montreal also were struggling; Montreal's woes were solved by moving to Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, a much smaller venue than the cavernous Olympic Stadium.

Montreal Botanical Garden

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Incorporated into the north base of the stadium is the Montreal Tower, the world's tallest inclined tower at 175 m. The stadium and Olympic Park grounds border Maisonneuve Park, which includes the Montreal Botanical Garden, adjacent to the west across Rue Sherbrooke (Route 138).
The botanical garden is located at 4101 Sherbrooke Street East, at the corner of Pie-IX and Sherbrooke Streets, in Maisonneuve Park, located in the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, facing Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

Inclined tower

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Incorporated into the north base of the stadium is the Montreal Tower, the world's tallest inclined tower at 175 m. The stadium and Olympic Park grounds border Maisonneuve Park, which includes the Montreal Botanical Garden, adjacent to the west across Rue Sherbrooke (Route 138).
The world's tallest inclined tower is the tower of Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, which stands at 165 m. The Puerta de Europa in Madrid is a matching pair of inclined towers.

Montreal Impact

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The Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer (MLS) use the venue on occasion, when demand for tickets justifies the large capacity or when the weather restricts outdoor play at nearby Saputo Stadium in the spring months.
A week later, the team made its home debut at the Olympic Stadium, playing to in a 1–1 draw with Chicago Fire; the match attracted 58,912 spectators, surpassing the previous record for professional soccer in Montreal established in a 1981 Montreal Manic home game against the Chicago Sting (58,542).

Montreal Alouettes

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The Montreal Alouettes of the CFL returned to their previous home of Molson Stadium in 1998 for regular season games, but continued to use Olympic Stadium for playoff and Grey Cup games until 2014 when they returned to Molson Stadium for all of their games.
They finally moved out of the Autostade and into Olympic Stadium midway through the 1976 season and attendance shot up. In 1977, the Als had a very successful year both on the field and at the box office, winning the Grey Cup at their home field before a Grey Cup-record 68,318 fans (a CFL record that still stands as of 2017).

Olympic Stadium

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Built in the mid-1970s as the main venue for the 1976 Summer Olympics, it is nicknamed "The Big O", a reference to both its name and to the doughnut-shape of the permanent component of the stadium's roof.

Football at the 1976 Summer Olympics

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The stadium was host to various events including the opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, football finals, and the team jumping equestrian events.

Saputo Stadium

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The Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer (MLS) use the venue on occasion, when demand for tickets justifies the large capacity or when the weather restricts outdoor play at nearby Saputo Stadium in the spring months.
The stadium is built on the former practice track and field site on the grounds of the 1976 Summer Olympics, while the stadium's east side has a view of Olympic Stadium's inclined tower.

1998 Montreal Alouettes season

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The Montreal Alouettes of the CFL returned to their previous home of Molson Stadium in 1998 for regular season games, but continued to use Olympic Stadium for playoff and Grey Cup games until 2014 when they returned to Molson Stadium for all of their games.
The Alouettes also made a permanent move to Percival Molson Memorial Stadium on the campus of McGill University after dwindling attendance numbers at Olympic Stadium.

Olympic Park, Montreal

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Olympic Stadium (Stade olympique) is a multi-purpose stadium in Canada, located at Olympic Park in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of Montreal. Incorporated into the north base of the stadium is the Montreal Tower, the world's tallest inclined tower at 175 m. The stadium and Olympic Park grounds border Maisonneuve Park, which includes the Montreal Botanical Garden, adjacent to the west across Rue Sherbrooke (Route 138).
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Multi-purpose stadium

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Olympic Stadium (Stade olympique) is a multi-purpose stadium in Canada, located at Olympic Park in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of Montreal.
Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, like Olympic Stadium in Montreal, was built initially for a multiple-sport event, but is now used mostly for professional sports.]]

Roger Taillibert

The stadium was designed by French architect Roger Taillibert to be an elaborate facility featuring a retractable roof, which was to be opened and closed by cables suspended from a huge 175 m tower – the tallest inclined structure in the world, and the sixth tallest structure in Montreal.
Taillibert is notable for designing the Parc des Princes in Paris and the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

1977 CFL season

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Capacity was reduced from its Olympic capacity of 72,000 to 58,500, but leapt to 66,308 when the natural grass was replaced with AstroTurf ahead of the 1977 season.
The 65th Grey Cup game, nicknamed "The Ice Bowl", was held in Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

List of tallest buildings in Montreal

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The stadium was designed by French architect Roger Taillibert to be an elaborate facility featuring a retractable roof, which was to be opened and closed by cables suspended from a huge 175 m tower – the tallest inclined structure in the world, and the sixth tallest structure in Montreal.
One such tower is the Tour de Montréal.

Retractable roof

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The stadium was designed by French architect Roger Taillibert to be an elaborate facility featuring a retractable roof, which was to be opened and closed by cables suspended from a huge 175 m tower – the tallest inclined structure in the world, and the sixth tallest structure in Montreal.
Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec was slated to be the first outdoor retractable roof stadium at its debut for the 1976 Summer Olympics.

1987 CFL season

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The Alouettes remained there through 1986, the franchise's final season of operations; the team would shut down shortly after the start of the 1987 season.
After losing money for three years, Charles Bronfman sold the Concordes to Norm Kimball, who renamed them the Alouettes the previous year to renew interest in the team, but after losing money during the 1986 season, and playing before sparse Olympic Stadium crowds of less than 10,000, he, along with the CFL decided enough was enough, so they decided that the Montreal Alouettes would fold for the second time, this time for good on June 24. With the team's demise the CFL revised the season schedule and moved the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to the East Division to balance out the divisions.

Percival Molson Memorial Stadium

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The Montreal Alouettes of the CFL returned to their previous home of Molson Stadium in 1998 for regular season games, but continued to use Olympic Stadium for playoff and Grey Cup games until 2014 when they returned to Molson Stadium for all of their games.
When a revived Alouettes franchise was forced to move a playoff game out of Olympic Stadium due to a U2 concert, they moved the game to Molson Stadium.

Canadian Football League attendance

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The stadium holds the record for nine of the ten largest crowds in CFL history, which include five regular-season and four Grey Cup games.
Later that same season, the Montreal Alouettes moved into Olympic Stadium, following the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Jarry Park Stadium

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In 1977, the stadium replaced Jarry Park Stadium as the home ballpark of the National League's Montreal Expos.
It served as a temporary home (for eight seasons) until the domed Olympic Stadium was finished and made available to the Expos.