Montreal Plans To Build New Roof At Olympic Stadium For '26 World Cup
National Assembly of Quebec Minister of Tourism Caroline Proulx said that the future of the Montreal's Olympic Stadium will be "even brighter because a new roof" is "on the drawing table" as the venue approaches its 50th anniversary of opening, according to Philip Authier of the MONTREAL GAZETTE. The objective is to "have the old roof replaced" by '24, ahead of the '26 World Cup. Proulx said, "It is mandatory to change the roof. We will change the roof. The business plan will be tabled in the next few months." Proulx "would not respond to questions about costs or whether the new roof would be retractable." Previous estimates had "pegged the cost of the roof at somewhere between" C$200-300M. Proulx said that the "thought of shuttering or tearing down the stadium ... did not even enter her mind." In fact, the legislation she tabled is "designed to give the stadium more latitude to operate as a business to chase more and bigger events" under its "new name," Olympic Park. The venue is "currently in use 200 days of the year," and the new branding will "market the entire site, including the popular tower plus attractions like the Biodome and Saputo Stadium" (MONTREAL GAZETTE, 5/29).