Molson Stadium

Percival Molson Memorial Stadium (formally known in French as Stade Percival-Molson; known locally as Molson Stadium in English or Stade Molson in French) is an outdoor football stadium located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is owned by McGill University and is home to the McGill Redmen of the Quebec University Football League and the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. The Selwyn House Gryphons high-school football team also play their home games at the stadium.


Before World War I, McGill University authorised construction of a new stadium on the slope of Mount Royal, at the corner of University and Pine (avenue Des Pins). On July 5, 1917, Captain Percival Molson, a McGill University alumnus and sports star who had been instrumental in getting the stadium plan approved, was killed in action in France. His will left $75,000 to the university to help pay most of the total costs for the construction of the stadium. Other individual donors whose generosity built and renovated the stadium were William C. Macdonald and John W. McConnell. Designed by Percy Erskine Nobbs, the stadium was officially named in honour of Molson.

The Montreal Alouettes have played most of their home games at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, located on the campus of McGill University, since November 1997. Until 2007, they played their last home regular season game at the Olympic Stadium. Any playoff games are played at the Olympic Stadium. Percival Molson stadium is also home of the Selwyn House Gryphons and the McGill Redmen men's rugby and football teams. It was the home of the CFL Montreal Alouettes from 1947 to 1967. The only Grey Cup game to have been played at Molson Stadium was in 1931. It also served as a venue for field hockey during the 1976 Summer Olympics. It seated 20,202 and has been sold out for Alouettes games since August 12, 1999.

The Alouettes' decision to return to the venue was problematic because the team was being sponsored by the Labatt Brewing Company and the stadium shared the name of its major competitor, Molson, though not named for it. Eventually, the team chose to change sponsors, and have since been sponsored by Molson. In 2004, The Alouettes installed a FieldTurf surface at Molson Stadium which is still in use.


Molson Stadium has been renovated and expanded, adding nearly 5,000 seats in time for the 2010 CFL season. The project to see the smallest CFL stadium increase to a seating capacity of 25,012 cost $29.4 million.

Eleven rows were removed from the south side of the stadium to construct a second tier and add the majority of the new seats, about 3,800. Also, temporary bleachers in the east end-zone have been replaced with 1,500 permanent seats, a new section has been added to the northeast corner, and 19 new private suites have been constructed. The cost of the renovations were shared by the Quebec government ($19.3 million), the city of Montreal ($4 million), and Robert Wetenhall, the Alouettes' owner ($6 million).


Because the playing surface is surrounded by a running track (see photo above), the full 65-yard width of the end zones is not available at the two end lines. However, the full width is available for more than half of each end zone, with the only missing pieces being the relatively small bits off the corners. This setup is not uncommon in Canadian football; another CFL stadium, Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, is configured in this manner.

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