13 thoughts on “Assshh!

    1. Fassero

      Is there any over/under date on when the Stadium Installations Board goes to taxpayers to request $20 million or so on a high-res replacement? After all, if you don’t want to blow up the concrete fossil, least you can do is flush more money down the toilet on upkeep! :)

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      1. Fagstein Post author

        Is there any over/under date on when the Stadium Installations Board goes to taxpayers to request $20 million or so on a high-res replacement?

        That’ll probably come when a major sports team moves back in. I certainly wouldn’t hold my breath.

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        1. Faiz

          Perhaps the Impact’s entry into MLS will result in enough Stadium games to make it happen.

          The ones we’ve had thus far have been successful enough.

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          1. Fagstein Post author

            Perhaps the Impact’s entry into MLS will result in enough Stadium games to make it happen.

            The Impact only play about twice a week on average, including all the exhibition games, Canadian championship games and others. And even playoff games haven’t been enough yet to fill their 11,000-seat stadium right next door.

            Unfortunately, the only team that can bring these kinds of crowds on a regular basis is the Canadiens, and they’re perfectly happy in the Bell Centre.

            We’re looking at occasional, one-off special event use of the Big O for the foreseeable future. But we need it because there’s no other place that can hold nearly as many people at once.

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        2. Fassero

          A team? That’s too logical. We’re talking the people that want to blow $300 million for (yet) another roof with no team. $20 mil for a big fancy TV so those trucks with power POWER POWER!!!! can be in your face in crystal clear LED? Drop in the bucket…. :)

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        3. AlexH

          There is little chance that a major sports team would want to move back in. The few CFL games that happen there are only special events, the Als use to play there and figured out that it wasn’t going to work out. Now they play in a great outdoor stadium with appropriate amounts of seating to maintain a little bit of the old “supply and demand” in favor of the ticket prices remaining strong.

          The Impact have a nice modern soccer stadium, and at most they would need only to build additional stands on the facing site to raise that to near 20,000 seats. As you said, the Impact (and soccer) are just not a big enough draw to routinely fill their current stadium. We can all remember what a few thousand people in the Olympic Toilet Bowl looks like… it is discouraging!

          Hockey would never move. The NBA wouldn’t play in that type of facility (certainly not with the Bell Center so much better located and equipped). That leaves the NFL, and Montreal is right behind San Paulo Brazil to get a franchise. The only Canadian city with a sniff of getting an NFL team would be Toronto, as they could snarf up the Bills without many people noticing.

          The Stadium needs to be knocked down, put out of it’s misery, and replaced back with some nice low income housing, a reasonable community sports complex, and so on. It’s usefulness expired about the same time the Expos did.

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    2. Isaac Lin

      Actually those are newer colour scoreboards; one was installed I believe sometime in the late ’80s, and then when the field was renovated and the scoreboard broadened, it was joined by the (relatively) higher resolution board on the left.

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      1. jay

        exactly, they added new auxilliary boards on the 300 level at that time too, the old aux boards were on the advertising ring and were REALLY hard to read

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    3. jay

      actually that scoreboard made its debut in 1992, during that season the old black and white video board hung up in left field while they fine tuned these boards

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  1. Marc

    Good to see those 1970s sign boards still work. That is a real plus for the stadium.

    Actually, those are from the early 90’s. The originals were monochrome and the smaller ones were eggcrate.

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