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Old October 11th, 2005, 12:55 AM   #1
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Montreal says no to 'Big Owe'

Montreal says no to 'Big Owe'

Last Updated Sat, 08 Oct 2005 18:04:30 EDT
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Montreal's Olympic Stadium will be fully paid for on June 30, 2006, and the province plans to turn it over to the city, but the mayor says the city doesn't want it. Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay said Saturday that the Olympic facilities, built for the 1976 Games, should remain in the hands of the province.

The mayor said: "I have already asked [Jean Charest] to move away from the retrocession of Olympic installations to the city of Montreal."

The Quebec government introduced a special tobacco tax in May 1976 when it discovered Olympic costs were spiralling out of control - leading to the nickname of the "Big Owe" instead of the "Big O."

The Olympics were originally estimated to cost $250 million and would be "self-financing," said then-Mayor Jean Drapeau. He said: "The Olympic Games can no more lose money than a man can have a baby."

In the end, the total price tag, including interest, will be closer to $2.3 billion.

On Friday, Quebec Finance Minister Michel Audet's office confirmed the government would continue collecting the tobacco tax, which brings in $81 million a year, although Mayor Tremblay said a portion should be set aside for the Olympic village. "With our proposal, the Quebec government would continue collecting a special tax on tobacco, and with a portion of this tax, it would finance the maintenance and the operations of Olympic Stadium," Tremblay said.

Quebec absorbs an annual deficit of about $20 million for the Olympic Installations Board, the agency that manages the facilities. It must also spend $6 million a year for the next 30 years for the stadium's new roof.
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Old October 12th, 2005, 07:39 PM   #2
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Quebec absorbs an annual deficit of about $20 million for the Olympic Installations Board, the agency that manages the facilities. It must also spend $6 million a year for the next 30 years for the stadium's new roof.
Why so much maney. Wouldn't be easier to just demolish it and build a practical-modern stadium?
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Old October 13th, 2005, 07:50 PM   #3
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Teh problem with the Olympic Stadium isn't that it's ugly.(in fact, i find it's one of the better looking Stadiums in North America.

The problem with the Big O(and the main reasons why so many montrealers hate it) is because it cost SOOOO much money, it's far from the downtown core, and it stays empty for most of the year.

Now that the Gov't has said it intends to continue taxing smokers with the special "olympic" tax to continue paying for the upkeep of the Stadium, we should concentrate on finding a solution for the big O.

One reason why I believe we can't just destroy the thing is mostly because it sits on top of Two metro stations. You can't just decide to blow it to smitherines!
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Old October 14th, 2005, 07:53 PM   #4
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Maybe it could be an attraction that better compliments Biodôme, or maybe a convention center.
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Old October 15th, 2005, 06:48 AM   #5
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i posted an article quite awhile ago, according to a study, it would cost half a billion dollars to tear down Olympic Stadium. you can't just blow it up into bits and pieces, you have to rip it apart in sections. the process would take 4-6 years.
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Old October 15th, 2005, 06:09 PM   #6
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I want the expos back....and the Big O is an example of great architecture....keep it in tact....
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Old October 15th, 2005, 09:53 PM   #7
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Four to six years to deconstruct it? That's crazy. I want it kept anyway.
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