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Just as Charles Bronfman, who was slated to become the franchise's first owner, was ready to walk away, Drapeau had his staffers draw up a proposal for a stadium.
A covered stadium was thought to be all but essential for Drapeau's other goal of bringing a Major League Baseball team to Montreal, given the cold weather that can affect the city in April, October and sometimes even September.
which was to be opened and closed by cables suspended from a huge 175-metre (574 ft) tower – the tallest inclined structure in the world, and the sixth tallest structure in Montreal.
The design of the stadium resembles that of the Australian Pavilion at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan.
Following the 2004 baseball season, the Expos relocated to Washington, D. concerts, trade shows) with a permanent seating capacity of 56,040. 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.
The stadium has not had a main tenant since the Expos left in 2004.
In 1967, soon after the National League granted Montreal an expansion franchise for 1969, Drapeau wrote a letter promising that any prospective Montreal team would be playing in a covered stadium by 1971.
However, even as powerful as he was, he did not have the power to make such a guarantee on his own authority.
The Olympic swimming pool is located under this tower.
An Olympic velodrome (since converted to the Montreal Biodome, an indoor nature museum) was situated at the base of the tower in a building similar in design to the swimming pool.
Foul Lines – 325 feet (99 m) (1977), 330 feet (101 m) (1981), 325 feet (99 m) (1983) Power Alleys – 375 feet (114 m) Centre Field – 404 feet (123 m) (1977), 405 feet (123 m) (1979), 404 feet (123 m) (1980), 400 feet (122 m) (1981), 404 feet (123 m) (1983) Backstop – 62 feet (19 m) (1977), 65 feet (20 m) (1983), 53 feet (16 m) (1989)Grass (1976 and June 2, 2010) Astro Turf (1977–2001; 2005–06) Defargo Astrograss (2002–03) Field Turf (2003–2005) Team Pro EF RD (soccer; 2007–July 2014) Xtreme Turf by Act Global (FIFA U20 Women's World Cup; July 2014–current)Montreal Expos (MLB) (1977–2004) Montreal Alouettes (CFL) (1976–86, 1996–97, part-time 1998–present) Montreal Manic (NASL) (1981–83) Montreal Machine (WLAF) (1991–92) Montreal Impact (MLS) (2012–present, select games)) is a multi-purpose stadium in Canada, located at Olympic Park in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of Montreal.
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.