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quote:Originally posted by Daniel

Not at all. That stand is all scaffolding, while this one has room underneath it for concessions, souvenirs, etc.

Might as well be scaffolding. This stadium has the look and feel of a little league baseball stadium, complete with open corners. And it won't be covered on top of that.

Being a Montreal native, I can tell this. This stadium will initially attract a lot of attention, but only for a brief period. Once the novelty wears off, people will move on to the next big thing. Plus, the fact that it is located just behind the Olympic Stadium (one of our many great white elephants that Montreal has unwisely spent billions of dollars for over the last 40 years, ..., ans continues to this day)will put off a lot of people who will inevitably come to regard both the stadium and the Impact as minor league, when they start to compare it with Toronto.

Another fact that may interest you is this. At first, the new stadium was supposed to be built in the Technoparc area near the riverfront, just below downtown Montreal, along the Bonaventure Expressway. In fact, it was supposed to have been built in time for this year's U-20 tounament. But then the Saputo Company, the owners of the Impact, recieved an offer from the Regie des Instalations Olympique (or RIO, the body responsible for running the Olypic Stadium and it environs) and incredibally enough, the took it, thus delaying the start of their new stadium by one year. The plans were redrawn to conform to the new site, which by the way is much smaller than the area at the Technoparc. So rather than having a state of the art Soccer Stadium, built on time for the U-20 tournament, we get this instead. And adding insult to injury, we had to watch the games INSIDE the old decrepit Olympic Stadium which, although has been attracting large crowds, (though hardly selling out), still has the look and feel of a former major league baseball stadium, even though the Expos have been gone since 2003 (or was it 2004; ah who cares).

Anyway, that's my two cents on the subject. I still wish the Impact well and great success, and I hope that I am proven wrong about this stadium and how people will respond to it.

Maybe if we tear down that big fat white elephant down the hill, ..., but leave the inclined tower intact.:D

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We'll not go over the difference with the Expos' attendance troubles again, that's been talked about enough.

The Technoparc location was awful and was only abandoned once the new Casino project that was supposed to go there (and bring with it a light rail system) fell through. It would have been terrible on its own, especially for the field and community training complexes they want to include.

The stadium will have a similar build as BMO field and will have more covered seats than the Toronto stadium.

It will be a nice little stadium, but people won't start taking the Impact truly seriously until they move to MLS.

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quote:Originally posted by Daniel

It will be a nice little stadium, but people won't start taking the Impact truly seriously until they move to MLS.

I second that after watching all those great games for the u20 world cup, really is a jump down to watch Impact matches.

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quote:Originally posted by Calgary Boomer

So long as the EXTREMELY HOT women keep coming to Impact games, I'm not gonig to complain about the standard of play, or the league they play in. Making a trip to Montreal and seeing a game live was one of the best things I've ever done.

Are you 15? Because that's the age of the "extremely hot women" at the Impact. ;)

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quote:Originally posted by Daniel

Are you 15? Because that's the age of the "extremely hot women" at the Impact. ;)

Good one Daniel! :D I was going to say something similar but I didn't want you to call me a "whiner" again. About the only type of sex that will result from trying to pick up at an Impact game is the anal type you will get during your prison term for jailbait. On the other hand if I was 15 I would go to every Impact game. Oh to be young again. The non-jailbait "extremely hot women" are mostly at the St. Laurent street nightclubs but picking up there is definitely a more expensive matter. It will probably cost you more just to get in to the club than the Impact game and that is before you buy any drinks.

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quote:Originally posted by Jarrek

Judging from the photos posted, this stadium looks of much lesser quality than BMO field. I guess you get what you pay for.

I'm glad you can see more in the pictures than some aluminium beams, foundations and an old stand.

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quote:Originally posted by Macksam

Haven't they changed the planned capacity to 18 000?

I think at this point it's whatever they say it is... And they recently said 18k.

The only guarantee is when built for next season, it will seat 13.5k.

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quote:I'm glad you can see more in the pictures than some aluminium beams, foundations and an old stand.

Actually I do.

When BMO field was under construction there was MUCH more construction activity than at Saputo.

This stadium isn't going to be anywhere close to BMO field's quality.

But it will do.

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quote:Originally posted by Jarrek

Actually I do.

When BMO field was under construction there was MUCH more construction activity than at Saputo.

This stadium isn't going to be anywhere close to BMO field's quality.

But it will do.

Such as?

Remember, you are not seeing the office infrastructure, which is behind the main stand at BMO.

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quote:Originally posted by Jarrek

What is inside those tunnels in the main concrete part of the stadium?

A long hallway (and maybe locker rooms).

They're building the offices and I'm guessing new locker rooms on the left of the grandstand.

The concrete part is the base of this stand:

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quote:Originally posted by carolangers

oh and by the way, our field is gonna be natural, not that AT stuff like at BMO ;)

However, Can you guarantee that there wont be football lines rendering the pitch an eye sore? Or that there wont be CIAU football and AAA football played on the field thus turning the pitch into Commonwealth quality. Was listening to some guys on the radio ( CKAC I think)a while back talking about the stadium and what it will do for Montreal. There was a lot interest from the local universities and CEGEP's in the stadium for thier football programs, who are desparate for better facilities.

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quote:Originally posted by Impact supporter

If CEGEPs and universities want to use Saputo Stadium, fine. But for SOCCER only, not gridiron football.

It doesn't really matter what sport uses the stadium, if it is necessary to rent out the stadium to various groups to finance its operation, the result will be a natural grass field in poor condition. In this case a Field Turf field would have been better. So far though we haven't heard that the stadium will be used for anything other than the Impact.

Having also visited the site after the U-20 games, my impression is that the stand built on the concrete block may be quite nice. The endzone stand though looks very similar to that used for temporary seating. I like the site though, nice view in a reasonably open area and very accessible with the metro. The only problem is the size of the plot may limit expandability.

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