Controversy over whether Montreal’s Olympic Stadium should be preserved
The deteriorating membrane roof atop the Olympic Stadium in Montreal needs to be replaced, but some say the entire structure should be torn down. The roof ripped more than 1,000 times in 2012, and the cost for repairs reached about $310,000. Opened in 1976 for the Summer Olympics, the structure is a prominent fixture in the city’s skyline.
But because of safety concerns, the stadium can’t be used during winter. Montreal Gazette columnist Bill Brownstein said he thinks it’s time to tear down the stadium. “Enough is enough, I mean blow up the sucker. You can’t even use it in the winter, parking is a problem. Inside, structurally there are problems galore. How long do we have to continue paying for all of this?” he said. But Quebec’s tourism minister Pascal Bérubé countered that maintaining the historic building is important. “It’s like an icon for Montreal,” he said.