Club: Montreal Impact | Opening: 2008 | Capacity: 20,341 seats
History and description
Stade Saputo got built in 2007 to serve as the new home of the Montreal Impact, who were back then still playing in the NASL.
The stadium came at a cost of CA$ 17 million, of which CA$ 7.5 got donated by the Saputo family, owners of the Impact. As a result the stadium would carry the name Saputo.
Stade Saputo officially opened on the 19th of May 2008 with a match between the Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps. It could initially hold just over 13,000 spectators, but when the Impact got selected as an MLS expansion team in 2010, a stadium expansion was part of the deal.
Building works started in 2011 and included the addition of 7,000 seats, increased and improved corporate facilities, and a roof that covers about 30% of the seats.
As works had not been completed before the start of the Impact’s inaugural MLS season, the club played its first home matches at the adjacent Olympic Stadium. It played its first match at the renovated Stade Saputo on the 16th of June 2012 against the Seattle Sounders (4-1).
Stade Saputo is located toward the north of the city of Montreal, just over 6 kilometres from downtown Montreal and about 7.5 kilometres from Montreal Central Station.
It is part of the Montreal Olympic Park that also includes the Olympic Stadium.
The stadium lies at short walking distance from metro station Viau. Station Pie IX is also located in the vicinity. Both station are on metro line 1, which passes right through downtown Montreal. The ride takes just over 10 minutes.
From Montreal Central Station first walk to metro station McGill (5 minutes) and then catch line1.
Address: 4750 Rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal, Québec
Thus far the Impact have not sold out a regular home match at Stade Saputo yet.
Ticket prices range from CA$25.00 for a seat behind one of the goals to CA$85.00 for a central seat at one of the long sides.
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