I know, I am a lot of game late for the blog. But I wanted first to talk to you about a visit that I did last week in my own town(!). I visited the Olympic Stadium of Montreal. As you may know, Montreal hosted the Olympics game in 1976 and use this event to built a new stadium that was supposed to be revolutionary… So my day started near the Jackie Robinson statue just outside the stadium.
Robinson played for the Montreal Royals, the farm club of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 30s and 40s.
From this side,this was a view of the stadium.
Our guide briefly talked to us about the Olympic in Montreal and the opening and closing ceremony. It was really basic stuff but,hey what are you expecting for 5 bucks!
We then entered where the seats are situated. I immediatly noticed something quite interesting; you still can see were the home plate and the bases were located in the field,even after almost 10 years since the last ball game!
These are the luxuous seats located just behind home plate,a little bit like Anaheim and Cleveland nowadays.
In the time that we were in(about 10 minutes) I took about 50 pictures. Here’s the roof that was changed since the Expos left(It’s now blue,not yellow).
A panorama of the entire stadium(and believe me it’s GIGANTIC)
Some pictures of the seats(more than 56,000 in the big O,witch is more than Dodger Stadium).
A great section just behind homeplate to catch foul balls(If ever the Blue Jays decide to play an exhibition game at Montreal…)
And finaly a picture just behind the former home plate. I was thinking about all the great players that stood there over the years(Carter,Rose,Dawson,Raines,…) and I felt great vibe in this place…
And just before exiting, i took an image of the main entrance:
I know what you think ”This place sucks big time!”. But,you know, I think it wasn’t THAT bad. I mean, maybe it’s because it was in my own town,but I really felt that a part of my city’s history was there.
After that, I headed to the Montreal’s Tower wich is the 175 meters tower tha is supporting the stadium’s roof.
It’s actually the tallest inclined tower in the world. It have a 45 degrees angle wich in enormous.You can see one of the incline in the next picture:
You can get up there for about 10 bucks. I believe it’s the only observation deck in Montreal. Downtown is about 2 miles away.
Here’s the Saputo stadium,home of the Montreal’s Impact,the soccer club actually playing in the MLS. Behind the stadium,you can see ”Les Habitations Olympiques”,the place where the athletes were staying during the 76′ games.
You also have a great view of the roof from up there!
If you ever get the chance to come to Montreal, you absolutely have to make a stop at this place. It’s a part of Montreal’s history and one of the most special bulding in the world. That’s where so many Grey Cups were held in the past years,and were great bands like Pink Floyd performed. Also if you know, even just a little bit about baseball,this place will remind you the great players that once called this place ”Home”.