Saputo Stadium

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Saputo Stadium
Saputo Stadium logo.svg
Stade Saputo.27.06.12.jpg
Saputo Stadium in 2012
Saputo Stadium is located in Montreal
Saputo Stadium
Saputo Stadium
Location in Montreal
Saputo Stadium is located in Quebec
Saputo Stadium
Saputo Stadium
Location in Quebec
Saputo Stadium is located in Canada
Saputo Stadium
Saputo Stadium
Location in Canada
Address4750 Sherbrooke Street E
LocationMontreal, Quebec
Coordinates45°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
Public transitMontreal Metro.svg MtlMetro1.svg at Viau
Autobusmontréal.svg Viau Terminus
Autobusmontréal.svg STM Bus: 136, 185, 353, and 360
OwnerSaputo Inc.
OperatorCF Montréal
Capacity19,619[1]
Field size110 by 70 metres (360 ft × 230 ft)[1]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke groundApril 18, 2007
OpenedMay 18, 2008
ExpandedJune 16, 2012
Construction costC$47 million[2][3][4]
Architect
  • Zinno Zappitelli Architectes (2008)
  • Provencher Roy + Associés Architectes (2012)
Services engineerCIMA+ Engineering[5]
General contractorBroccolini Construction Inc.
Main contractorsDant Clayton Corporation
Tenants
CF Montréal (MLS) (2012–present)
Montreal Impact (NASL) (2008–2011)
Montreal Impact U23 (PDL) (2014)
Montreal Impact Academy (CSL) (2010–2012)
Canada men's national soccer team (2008–2010)
FC Montreal (USL) (2015–2016)

Saputo Stadium (French: Stade Saputo) is a soccer-specific stadium at Olympic Park in the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The stadium opened on May 21, 2008, and is the current home of CF Montréal (formerly 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 east side has a view of Olympic Stadium's inclined tower. It has a capacity of 19,619,[1] making it the second-largest soccer-specific stadium in Canada, after BMO Field in Toronto.

Construction[edit]

The stadium cost CA$17 million ($21.1 million in 2021 dollars)[6] to build, with $7.5 million paid by the Saputo family and the rest financed on a 25-year term.[7] Saputo Stadium is now CF Montréal's administrative headquarters and also includes a training field, 34 corporate suites and full player welfare areas. The complex covers approximately 150,000 square metres (1,600,000 sq ft). It was 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.[8] BMO Field has since installed a heated and fully irrigated natural grass field similar to those 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.[9][10] 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.[11]

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 only official international matches played at Saputo Stadium were two matches played by Canada men's national soccer team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c What's new at Stade Saputo in 2019 (April 12, 2019).
  2. ^ C$40 million = C$17 million (2008 opening) + C$23 million (2012 expansion)
  3. ^ Philipps, Randy (June 3, 2012). "Saputo Stadium renovations will be "marathon" until June 16, Impact boss says". The Gazette (Montreal). Archived from the original on June 4, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  4. ^ Dubuc, Andre (February 13, 2013). "Le stade Saputo a coûté 30% de plus que prévu". La Presse(Montreal). Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  5. ^ "CIMA+ Engineering". Cima.ca. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  6. ^ 1688 to 1923: Geloso, Vincent, A Price Index for Canada, 1688 to 1850 (December 6, 2016). Afterwards, Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada tables 18-10-0005-01 (formerly CANSIM 326-0021) "Consumer Price Index, annual average, not seasonally adjusted". Statistics Canada. Retrieved April 17, 2021. and table 18-10-0004-13 "Consumer Price Index by product group, monthly, percentage change, not seasonally adjusted, Canada, provinces, Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit". Statistics Canada. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  7. ^ "Stade Saputo Expansion". www.impactmontreal.com. Archived from the original on March 14, 2015.
  8. ^ Campbell, Morgan (September 18, 2008). "Natural Grass 'Not Hot on Radar' for BMO Field". The Toronto Star. Retrieved September 18, 2008.
  9. ^ Montréal se joint à la MLS en 2012 (May 7, 2010).
  10. ^ Daigle, Frédéric (May 7, 2010). "Joey Saputo: Montréal aura enfin le soccer qu'il mérite". La Presse Canadienne.
  11. ^ Freedman, Jonah (May 7, 2010). ""Passionate" Montreal named as 19th MLS city". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved May 7, 2010.

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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