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EXPOS SAY IT'S A RETRACTABLE ROOF OR BUST
Published December 13, 1995
Expos President Claude Brochu "has toughened his stand on getting a new, retractable roof at Olympic Stadium," according to the CANADIAN PRESS. Brochu: "I don't care whether it's Major League Baseball or the National Football League, teams that play in fixed dome stadiums are dying. It's a handicap." Brochu said if the Olympic Installations Board -- the Quebec provincial body which administrates the stadium -- opts for a fixed roof, "we would have to rethink whether we'll be there." The Expos and the OIB are scheduled to begin negotiations today on a new multiyear lease. Approval for a new fixed, steel roof to replace the existing fixed Kevlar roof (installed in '87) was approved in '93, but shelved by the Parti Quebecois when they assumed power in '94 (Hamilton SPECTATOR, 12/13). In Montreal, Jeff Blair reports preliminary talks between the team and OIB "went poorly" (Montreal GAZETTE, 12/13).