Saputo Stadium

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Saputo Stadium
Stade Saputo
Saputo Stadium logo.jpg
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Saputo Stadium in 2012
Location 4750 Rue Sherbrooke Est
Montreal, QC H1V 1A1
Coordinates 45°33′47″N 73°33′9″W / 45.56306°N 73.55250°W / 45.56306; -73.55250Coordinates: 45°33′47″N 73°33′9″W / 45.56306°N 73.55250°W / 45.56306; -73.55250
Owner Saputo Inc.
Operator Montreal Impact
Capacity 20,521
Field size 120 yards x 77 yards
(110 meters x 70 meters)
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground April 18, 2007
Opened May 18, 2008
Expanded June 16, 2012
Construction cost C$47 million[1][2][3]
Architect Zinno Zappitelli Architectes (2008); Provencher Roy + Associés Architectes (2012)
Services engineer CIMA+ Engineering[4]
General contractor Broccolini Construction Inc.
Main contractors Dant Clayton Corporation
Tenants
Montreal Impact (MLS) (2012–present)
Montreal Impact (NASL) (2008–2011)
Montreal Impact Academy (CSL) (2010–present)
Canada men's national soccer team (2008–2010)

Saputo Stadium (French: Stade Saputo) is a soccer-specific stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The stadium opened on May 21, 2008, and is the current home of the Montreal Impact. The stadium is built on the former practice track and field site on the grounds of the 1976 Summer Olympics, while the stadium's west side has a view of Olympic Stadium's inclined tower. It has a capacity of 20,801, making it the second-largest soccer-specific stadium in Canada, after BMO Field in Toronto.

Construction[edit]

The stadium cost CAD$17 million ($18.3 million in 2014 dollars)[5] to build, with 7.5 million paid by the Saputo family and the rest financed on a 25-year term.[6] Saputo Stadium is now the Impact's administrative headquarters and also includes a training field, 34 corporate suites and full player welfare areas. The complex covers approximately 1,600,000 square feet (150,000 m2). Designed and fabricated by Dant Clayton Corporation and built by Broccolini Construction Inc.

The stadium features a natural grass playing surface and was reportedly preferred over BMO Field for this reason by members of the Canada men's national soccer team.[7] BMO Field has since installed a heated and fully irrigated natural grass field similar to what is found in the English Premier League.

Anticipating a Montreal entry into Major League Soccer, plans were made to expand the stadium from its initial 13,034 capacity to 20,000 to cope with the anticipated boost in attendance.[8][9] The Quebec government put $23 million for the renovation and expansion of the stadium (the total cost of the stadium was therefore about $40 million). The construction plans went into effect after MLS granted Montreal their nineteenth franchise, which began play in the 2012 season.[10]

Sports usage[edit]

The stadium welcomed its first Impact home game on May 19, 2008, a scoreless draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Impact's first goal in the stadium was scored by Rocco Placentino against the Charleston Battery on June 13, 2008. This also gave the Impact its first victory in the stadium, with a score of 1–0. The Impact's first game in the newly renovated and expanded Saputo was played on June 16, 2012 against the Seattle Sounders FC. The Impact won the game 4–1.

The first international at Saputo Stadium was the second leg of Canada's second stage CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying match on June 20, 2008.[11]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ C$40 million = C$17 million (2008 opening) + C$23 million (2012 expansion)
  2. ^ Philipps, Randy (June 3, 2012). "Saputo Stadium renovations will be "marathon" until June 16, Impact boss says". The Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Dubuc, Andre (February 13, 2013). "Le stade Saputo a coûté 30% de plus que prévu". La Presse(Montreal). Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "CIMA+ Engineering". Cima.ca. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada. "Consumer Price Index, historical summary". CANSIM, table (for fee) 326-0021 and Catalogue nos. 62-001-X, 62-010-X and 62-557-X. And Consumer Price Index, by province (monthly) (Canada) Last modified 2013-12-20. Retrieved January 8, 2014
  6. ^ "Stade Saputo Expansion". www.impactmontreal.com. 
  7. ^ Campbell, Morgan (September 18, 2008). "Natural Grass 'Not Hot on Radar' for BMO Field". The Toronto Star. Retrieved September 18, 2008. 
  8. ^ Montréal se joint à la MLS en 2012 (May 7, 2010).
  9. ^ Daigle, Frédéric (May 7, 2010). "Joey Saputo: Montréal aura enfin le soccer qu'il mérite". La Presse Canadienne. 
  10. ^ Freedman, Jonah (May 7, 2010). ""Passionate" Montreal named as 19th MLS city". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Saputo Stadium to host Canada's World Cup qualifier". TSN.ca. April 22, 2008. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 

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Preceded by
Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard
1993—2007
Home of the
Montreal Impact
2008—2011
Succeeded by
current
(in MLS)
Preceded by
Olympic Stadium
Home of the
Montreal Impact (MLS)
2012—present
Succeeded by
current