Saputo Stadium (French: Stade Saputo) is a soccer-specific stadium at Olympic Park 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 east side has a view of Olympic Stadium's inclined tower. It has a capacity of 19,619, making it the second-largest soccer-specific stadium in Canada, after BMO Field in Toronto.
Saputo Stadium in 2012
|Address||4750 Sherbrooke Street E|
|Public transit||Montreal Metro (STM): |
|Field size||120 by 77 yards (110 m × 70 m)|
|Broke ground||April 18, 2007|
|Opened||May 18, 2008|
|Expanded||June 16, 2012|
|Construction cost||C$47 million|
|Architect||Zinno Zappitelli Architectes (2008); Provencher Roy + Associés Architectes (2012)|
|Services engineer||CIMA+ Engineering|
|General contractor||Broccolini Construction Inc.|
|Main contractors||Dant Clayton Corporation|
|Montreal Impact (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)
The stadium cost CA$17 million ($19.9 million in 2018 dollars) to build, with $7.5 million paid by the Saputo family and the rest financed on a 25-year term. 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). 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. 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. 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.
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.
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- What's new at Stade Saputo in 2019 (April 12, 2019).
- C$40 million = C$17 million (2008 opening) + C$23 million (2012 expansion)
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- 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. January 18, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019. and 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 March 6, 2019.
- "Stade Saputo Expansion". www.impactmontreal.com. Archived from the original on March 14, 2015.
- Campbell, Morgan (September 18, 2008). "Natural Grass 'Not Hot on Radar' for BMO Field". The Toronto Star. Retrieved September 18, 2008.
- Montréal se joint à la MLS en 2012 (May 7, 2010).
- Daigle, Frédéric (May 7, 2010). "Joey Saputo: Montréal aura enfin le soccer qu'il mérite". La Presse Canadienne.
- Freedman, Jonah (May 7, 2010). ""Passionate" Montreal named as 19th MLS city". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
- "Saputo Stadium to host Canada's World Cup qualifier". TSN.ca. April 22, 2008. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
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