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Olympic Stadium, Montreal

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The Olympic Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Canada, located at Olympic Park in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of Montreal, Quebec. 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. It is also called "The Big Owe" to reference the astronomical cost of the stadium and the 1976 Olympics as a whole.The stadium is the largest by seating capacity in Canada. After the Olympics, artificial turf was installed and it became the home of Montreal's professional baseball and football teams. The Montreal Alouettes of the CFL moved their regular season games to a smaller venue in 1998, but use Olympic Stadium for playoff and Grey Cup games. Following the 2004 baseball season, the Expos relocated to Washington, D.C. to become the Washington Nationals. The stadium currently serves as a multipurpose facility for special events (e.g. concerts, trade shows) with a permanent seating capacity of 56,040. The capacity is expandable with temporary seating. The Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer (MLS) use the venue on occasion, when larger capacity is needed or when the weather restricts outdoor play at nearby Saputo Stadium in the spring months.
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  • Attended a baseball game on April 1, 2017. Picked up two burger combos. Buns were soggy, flattened and saturated with mayo (did they make them yesterday and leave them under the heat lamps). Meat was ...  more »
  • Just saw the Blue Jays beat the Pirates in exhibition game number 2! Great to see the Jays in this historic venue but its age really shows. Washrooms have 5 toilets! Each bathroom in the Skydome aka R...  more »
  • Spent an hour or so there last weekend and loved the views of the tower from the ground floor. the design is as unique as anything I have ever seen anywhere in the World. A must do while in Montreal!  more »
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  • A friend and I visited the stadium to watch the USA women's soccer team play against Germany in the World Cup semi-finals. The atmosphere was electric and the venue was impressive. Seating seemed a little better than other sports stadiums I've attended. I didn't try any of the food, so I can't really comment on that. Parking was a close and a decent price as well.
  • A 4.2 star average? Really? Look, I saw the last Expos home game here, sitting directly behind home plate in the fourth row. So I have nothing but good memories and love for baseball in Montreal. That being said, this is one of the worst stadiums ever built. A better ball park in a more accessible part of town and there's a chance Montreal might still have a team*. This monstrosity should have been imploded years ago and other than Youppi!, I wouldn't have saved a damned thing from inside it. *Obviously, Bud Selig and Jeffrey Loria are very much to blame.
  • Famous for being infamous - how not to build a stadium. It has a retractable roof but never used after repeated issues. Way too big to enjoy a ballgame. But hey, it's part of history now so must be experienced at least once.
  • Great place to spend around an hour while visiting Montreal. Tour was fun. Takes you to areas you can't get to without the tour. Go up in the tower for sure though. Great views from the top.
  • Very cool design. Lots of construction being done on the stadium and I can't wait to see it when it's done!