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New stadium would be built near old haunts
Last updated May 3 2005 03:40 PM EDT
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MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact soccer team is planning to build a new downtown stadium. It would be built on the Technoparc site and would accommodate 10,000 soccer fans.

The official announcement will be made Wednesday.

The stadium would go up near where the Autostade was before it was demolished in the late 70's.

The Autostade was an amphitheatre which boasted more than 33,000 places and served Montrealers between 1967 and 1976.

There are some concerns the location might be a bit too cold because of its proximity to the St. Lawrence River — a common complaint about the Autostade.

Team warm to the idea

The Montreal Impact has become incredibly popular.

More than 13,000 fans squeezed into Claude Robillard stadium last fall to see the Impact win the league championship.

Midfielder Patrick Leduc says having a decent stadium for the enthusiastic hometown crowd would be a huge boost.

"Teams come into Montreal and they're a little bit afraid, a little bit intimidated [by the strength of the Montreal Impact team]. We want the crowd to enjoy the show," Leduc said Tuesday when the news broke.

Location, location, location

The proposed site for the new stadium is controversial.

Fans at the old Autostade complained about cool breezes coming off the river. And some sites in the surrounding neighbourhood are contaminated with industrial waste.

Impact Coach Nick De Santis says although he doesn't know the details of the new stadium plan, he looks forward to playing there.

"To have your own stadium which you can do so many things with, it's exciting for soccer in Quebec," De Santis says.

The new stadium would be ready for the 2007 season, just in time to host the FIFA world under-20 soccer tournament. Montreal is one of six Canadian cities chosen to host the world championships.

The Montreal Impact plays in the United Soccer Leagues First Division.
 

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Finaly, something's going to be done for Soccer in Montreal.

Montreal is a soccer city, not baseball. Montreal deserves that stadium.
 

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Tosco said:
Montreal is a soccer city, not baseball. Montreal deserves that stadium.
Ummmm, I disagree. Montreal is a baseball city as well. We had the Expos here for 36 seasons. That proves that this city is capable of supporting baseball.

Personally, 10 000 seats is too small. I would have preferred 15 000.
 

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I think this is a good idea, the impact were drawing some decent crowds last year. Maybe we could get some scrapers built beside the new stadium to block that cold breeze from the fleuve, wich I dont see being that much of a problem anyways. I live right beside le st-laurent, and have never experienced any problems with cold breezes.
 

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Ummmm, I disagree. Montreal is a baseball city as well. We had the Expos here for 36 seasons. That proves that this city is capable of supporting baseball.

Personally, 10 000 seats is too small. I would have preferred 15 000.
Agree with you on both points. Although baseball is not the most exciting game, I think there are still many baseball fans, more specifically expos fans in this city.

And I'm a bit suprised that the new stadium will be smaller the the old one. As you said, 15000 would have been better.
 

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it will be anywhere between 15k to 25k

tomorow we'll have the official number :)

and baseball is a dying sport, yes there's some many supporters left in this town.

That sport in general is dying, there's maybe 10 cities that are baseball-cities, the rest have problems surviving in their markets.

and many baseball fields have been converted to soccer fields in this city.
 

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azzurri.chris said:
Ummmm, I disagree. Montreal is a baseball city as well. We had the Expos here for 36 seasons. That proves that this city is capable of supporting baseball.

Personally, 10 000 seats is too small. I would have preferred 15 000.

If Montreal is a baseball city too, Expos wouldn't have left.
(It wasn't only a money issue, the average crowds were less than 6000 spectators).

Remember that the soccer league in North America is surely not nº1 soccer league (probably not even 10th) and still people go to see Impact.
Baseball National League is Nº1 and crowds were little.

Lots of kids play soccer in Montreal (there are more register than hockey).
 

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It would be cool to see Soccer be Montreal's # 1 sport
 

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did the exact seating # been realized yet ?
 

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Great news, its more atmostpheric to have a stadium a little on the small side and be able to grow, than to build a giant stadium that always feels half empty or more.
 

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Montreal's #1 sport is hockey. The Expos left because of the aging stadium and bad teams, not because they didn't like the sport. Maybe Montreal (and Toronto) can join the MLS.
 

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Here is the huge problem about the stadium: absolutely no Metro access but they only saw fit to include 2200 parking spots. What were they thinking!?!?! They can't used the other parking areas around and under the Bonaventure Expressway because those are mostly full-up with the Casino customers.
 

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there will be a shuttle between the metro and the stadium. Like the Alouettes.

The Alouettes don't have a metro access either and there's no parking around.
 

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Sorry, I'm not exactly sure where it is going. Could you give me a landmark or major crossroad..it would help.
Please, I hope its not in such a god-forsaken area as the BigO. Thank god Toronto learned from Montreal's mistake on that one when they built the SkyDome.
The BigO {or OWE} has been a noose around that city's neck.
As the old adage goes........location location location.
 
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