January 7, 2014 ─ Montréal’s Olympic Park is a unique destination where entertainment and athletics reside side-by-side. A daring design by French architect, Roger Taillibert, the 56,000-seat stadium alone has welcomed over 67 million visitors since its construction for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games and has since joined the ranks of the world’s busiest covered stages.
The Montréal Olympic Stadium has a history of great moments: since the ’76 Olympics, it has since hosted countless and diverse events, including major professional sporting events, concerts, exhibitions, film shoots and even large-scale social events. Each September, Supermotorcross fills the stadium with the thrilling feats of over 150 international racers and their 50 000+ fans; it’s the venue of choice for “big” football games played before sell-out crowds, such as when the Montréal Alouettes won the CFL Grey Cup in 2010; and, once upon a time, it was home to the former Montréal Expos baseball team.
World-class athletic facilities
The Sports Centre features seven pools and a multi-sport facility. It is home to the Québec Aquatic Training Centre, the training ground for Canada’s national swim, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo teams. Nearby is the Saputo Stadium, home to the Montréal Impact, the city’s professional soccer team, as well as the Maurice-Richard Arena used for international speed-skating competitions.
Accessible to all
The multi-purpose Esplanade is ideal for playing sports like mini-tennis to taking in a concert. It includes The Big ‘O’ skate park, one of the world’s top skateboarding destinations and also the site for Montréal’s JACKALOPE action sports festival.
To really see it all, take the funicular elevator up to the top of the Montréal Tower. Or capture your visit with a photo standing atop the podium on the corner of Sherbrooke and Pie IX streets – with flags, the Olympic Cauldron and the Olympic Stadium in the background!