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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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  • They use the stadium here and there, but the fact is that it was never that pretty to begin with, and after the Montreal Expos moved out, it fell on some disrepair and it is not a sight to take time t...  more »
  • When in Montreal you have to stop in so many things in the area - the stadium the tower the bio dome the planetarium the soccer stadium Olympic village For me it's the architecture and history Not the...  more »
  • Six adult members of my family and I went to the Stadium not really knowing what to expect. We arranged for a tour and were very happy not only with the knowledge we gained, but also the humor and per...  more »
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  • It's interesting to look at but very dated. That 70s design and construction hasn't aged well. It is just old... and not in a classic / nostalgic way. Went to watch preseason Jays v Red Sox and I can see why baseball didn't survive here. Terrible experience ... A huge dome that just feels cavernous and inviting. The lack of vendors and a variety of product made for a limited choice in food and drink. Had to see it once, but probably won't go back unless something I just had to see was there.
  • We visited in 2006. As Canucks fans, the banter was on about Roberto Luongo and the Montreal connection. Especially by the host.... The Montreal subway is right outside the stadium. We had the full tour. Going up to the top of the inverted tower was neat. Even the mechanics of the lift was interesting. Great use of a half day in the rain. I would return, especially if the Expos return. This is a 2006 review, the staff pushed the fact that the 'Big Owe' was almost paid off.
  • Took a tour of the stadium and the tour guide, Jeff, did a fantastic job. It was a highlight of our vacation and I was in awe of the information and the incredible job that Montreal did in 1976. Jeff should be commended as I have never heard such an excellent and knowledgeable speaker.
  • Went up the tower but it was a grey day so the view was not so good. Not the towers problem but the structure was being repaired and was looking its 40 years of age.
  • Went up the tower, views were great but couldnt get good pictures because there was a rope in front of each window on one side. The planetarium was a must and it was amazing!