The Olympic Stadium was built as the main venue for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. The massive stadium was designed by Roger Tallibert and included a retractable Kevlar roof. The facility can seat about 56,000 people.
Since its opening, however, the stadium nicknamed the "Big O", has been plagued by continuous infrastructure and financial problems. The roof has been particularly problematic and was stored in France until 1982. It was installed in 1987 but because of a multitude of problems the stadium roof was permanently closed in 1992. Despite these issues the Olympic Stadium has become a internationally recognized symbol of Montreal and a popular tourist attraction.
After the Olympic Games the stadium became the home of Montreal's professional baseball and football teams. Today, however, the Expos baseball franchise has relocated to Washington D.C. and football's Alouettes play on Percival Molson field located on the McGill University campus. The stadium now plays host to various events such as concerts and trade shows.
Tickets to the events scheduled to take place in the Olympic Stadium can be purchased through the Ticketmaster Admission network. Tickets can also be purchased at the stadium's ticket office as well as over the internet. The ticket booth is open from Monday to Friday from 10 AM to noon and 1:30 PM to 5 PM. Payment can be made in cash, by debit, or MasterCard, Visa, or American Express.
The future of the Olympic Stadium is unknown. With mounting debt and infrastructure problems government officials have yet to come up with a plan for the stadium's future.
The Stade Olympique can be directly accessed by Montreal's public transportation system. The Pie-IX metro station, on the green subway line, is connected to the Stadium through a convenient underground corridor. Indoor parking is also available for up to 4,000 cars along with 270 outdoor spaces. Parking rates are $15 a day and $110 per month.