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Montreal’s Olympic Stadium will get a new roof among other improvements

Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, centerpiece of the 1976 Summer Olympics and more recently a frequent home for international soccer, is likely to get a new roof in time for its 50th anniversary and the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The government of Quebec has proposed a new piece of legislation that will provide for renovation of Olympic Park as well as give the board governing the facility more power. This should allow the facility to chase more lucrative events that could yield bigger revenues.

Quebec Tourism Minister Caroline Proulx told reporters according to The Montreal Gazette that the government is committed to the future of the Olympic site.

“It’s time we gave prestige and standing back to the Olympic Park and the Olympic Stadium,” Proulx told reporters at a news conference. “For too long it has been not loved or under-loved by Quebecers.”

Proulx would however not answer questions as to whether the roof would be retractable.

The venue has not had a primary tenant since Major League Baseball’s Montreal Expos left following the 2004 season to become the Washington Nationals.