Montreal's Olympic Stadium To Get New Roof Ahead Of '26 World Cup
The FIFA World Cup is coming to Montreal in '26, and Olympic Stadium is going to "finally get" a retractable roof, according to Stu Cowan of the MONTREAL GAZETTE. Montreal will "host between three and six games." Since the World Cup "must be played on grass, the artificial turf at Olympic Stadium will need to be replaced and the roof will need to open." Montreal city councillor Rosannie Filato said that the "cost of the new roof" would be between $200-300M (all figures C). In November, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard announced that the government would spend at least $200M on a "new roof" for the Olympic Stadium (MONTREAL GAZETTE, 6/14). Cowan notes the money spent on a new roof "won’t sit well with Montreal baseball fans dreaming of a return of the Expos in a new downtown ballpark." Filato said that the money being spent to fix up Olympic Stadium for the World Cup "doesn’t mean there’s no possibility of a new downtown baseball stadium if the Expos were to return" (MONTREAL GAZETTE, 6/14). Cowan: "Whether Montrealers like it or not, we’re stuck with the Big O money pit and the World Cup games are a way to finally generate some money out of the place." Filato said that the retractable roof will also "allow the city to attract other major sports events, including the Grey Cup." The key will be to "build a roof that actually works this time and can last through our winters." Also, fans must hope the "price estimate is correct." Cowan: "History gives us reason to be very skeptical on both fronts" (MONTREAL GAZETTE, 6/14).