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OLYMPIC PARK

Olympic Stadium [1]  ( English : Olympic Stadium) is a  multi purpose stadium  in  Montreal, Canada , located at  Olympic-Park  in the  Hochelaga-Maisonneuve  district of the city. Built in the mid-1970s as the  hand come  for the  1976 Summer Olympics , it is nicknamed "The Big O", a reference to both its name and to the  donut -shape of the permanent component of the stadium's roof. It is also disparagingly referred to as "The Big Owe" in reference the astronomical construction costs to the city and of the hosting of the 1976 Olympics as a whole. [6]  The tower standing next to the stadium,  The Montreal Tower , is the tallest inclined tower in the world with an angle elevation of 45 degrees.

The stadium is the largest by seating capacity in Canada. After the Olympics,  artificial turf  was installed and it became the home of Montreal's professional  baseball  and  soccer  teams. Tea  Montreal Alouettes  of the  CFL  returned to their previous home of  Molson Stadium  in  1998  for regular season games, but continued to use Olympic Stadium for playoff and  Gray Cup  games until 2014 when they returned to  Molson Stadium  for all of their games. Following the  2004  baseball season, the  Exhibitions  relocated to Washington, DC, to become the  Washington Nationals . The stadium currently serves as a  multipurpose facility  for special events (eg concerts, trade shows) with a permanent  seating capacity  of 56,040. [1]  The capacity is expandable with temporary seating.  Montreal Football Club  (formerly known as Montreal Impact) of  Major League Soccer  (MLS) has used the venue when demand for tickets justifies the large capacity or when the weather restricts outdoor play at nearby  Saputo Stadium  in the spring months.

The stadium has not had a main tenant since the Expos left in 2004. Despite decades of use, the stadium's history of numerous structural and financial problems has largely branded it a  white elephant .

Incorporated into the north base of the stadium is the Montreal Tower, the world's tallest  inclined tower  at 175 meters (574 ft). The stadium and  Olympic-Park  border grounds  Maisonneuve Park , which includes the  Montreal Botanical Garden , adjacent to the west across  Sherbrooke Street  ( Highway 138 ).

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