Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard
The facility is made up of two buildings: the Michel-Normandin arena and the main building itself. At the heart of the facility lies a ten-lane Olympic-size swimming pool and smaller pool with diving towers, home to the award-winning CAMO swim club, as well as an indoor track, an omni-sport training room and a number of gymnasiums. On the grounds lie a number of other installations: a running track, a regulation-sized soccer pitch, a second pitch with an artificial surface, originally designed for field hockey, but resurfaced in 2006 and configured for soccer and Canadian football, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, and so forth. The running track and the large soccer pitch sit in the middle of a 9,500-seat stadium.
The facility plays host to many national and international sporting competitions. Yearly events include the Jeux de Montreal and the Défi sportif (for handicapped athletes). The facility is also the headquarters for a number of clubs, some of which participate at an elite level, while others, such as Sports Montréal and APADOR, provide services to the general public.
Montreal's soccer team, the Montreal Impact, also played its home games on the large soccer pitch from 1993 to 2007 and both the professional team and their academy trained there until 2015. Montreal Impact's USL-Pro affiliate 'FC Montreal' is planned to play their games at Claude Robillard in 2016 and beyond.
The Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard was built for the 1976 Summer Olympics. It played host to handball and water polo competitions as well as being the training centre for athletics, swimming and field hockey during the games.
Origin of the name
The Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard is a centre for high-performance training for a number of sports, including:
- Canadian football
- Figure skating
- Speed skating
- Table tennis
- Track and field
- Water polo
- 1976 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. pp. 118–23.
- City of Montreal (French)
- Sports Montréal (French)
- Défi sportif (French)
- Montreal USL Pro Team
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