Saputo StadiumEdit profile
Saputo Stadium (French: Stade Saputo) is a soccer-specific stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada which 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 west side has a view of Olympic Stadium's inclined tower. It has a three-stand configuration. Saputo Stadium, the second largest soccer specific stadium in Canada after BMO Field in Toronto, holds 13,034 people and can be expanded to 20,000. Major League Soccer's expansion plans include the Montreal Impact, slated to play beginning 2012. Upgrading the stadium to a capacity of 20,341 will begin in September 2011 and be completed by Summer 2012. Season tickets will cost $250 to $1,250.
Built by Broccolini Construction Inc., the stadium welcomed its first Impact home game on May 19, 2008, a scoreless draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The first international at Saputo Stadium was the second leg of Canada's second stage CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying match on June 20, 2008.
The stadium cost $14.1 million CAD to build, with one-half of the cost paid by the Saputo family, and the rest coming from other private-sector contributions. Saputo Stadium is now the Impact's administrative headquarters and also includes a training field, 20 corporate boxes and full player welfare areas. The complex covers approximately 1,600,000 square feet (149,000 m2). While it is currently mostly used by the Impact, other local teams will also be allowed to play there. 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 what is found in the English Premier League.
Anticipating a Montreal entry into Major League Soccer, plans were made to expand the stadium from the existing 13,034 capacity to 20,000 to cope with the anticipated boost in attendance. The Impact were able to expand the stadium primarily through $23 million financial investment by the Quebec government. These plans will go into effect, since MLS has officially granted Montreal their nineteenth franchise set to begin play for the 2012 season.
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 games in the MLS, including the home opener, will be played at the Montreal Olympic Stadium.