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Montreal Impact Unveil Plans For Saputo Stadium Expansion

Renovated Saputo Stadium will include roof that covers around one-third of seats
Plans for a C$23M expansion of Saputo Stadium and surrounding facilities "have been unveiled, and will see seating capacity increased from 13,034 to 20,341 by the time the Impact joins" MLS in '12, according to Randy Phillips of the Montreal GAZETTE. There will be a "roof over the upper rows of each grandstand surrounding the stadium covering about one-third of the seats." The number of corporate loges "will be increased to 40 from 16." The renovation also "will see the addition of more than 70 permanent and temporary concession stands (up from 27), two permanent boutiques and a third primary access to the stadium." Impact Exec VP Richard Legendre said that the stadium's new look "reflects what the fans were asking for." Legendre: "Fans told us the roof was important. In Europe, they play all winter long and they need a roof. When we saw it in the design, we said 'Oh, we want this. We need this.'" Impact President Joey Saputo said that the "additional seating would put the stadium within the league average for soccer-specific stadiums in North America." Saputo: "One of the things we didn't want to do was build a stadium that was too much for what we really needed. At 20,000, we're comfortable with that." Phillips notes the expansion project was developed by architects Provencher, Roy & Associates and engineers from Cima+. A "call for tenders will go out next month with renovations to begin in mid-May." The completion date is March '12, "in time for the start of the team's first season as the 19th franchise in MLS." The Impact yesterday also "revealed the basic pricing structure for season tickets in 2012 will range from" C$250-$1,250 (Montreal GAZETTE, 3/10).
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