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The Montreal Alouettes of the CFL returned to their previous home of Molson Stadium in 1998 for regular season games, but continued to use Olympic Stadium for playoff and Grey Cup games until 2014 when they returned to Molson Stadium for all of their games. The stadium currently serves as a multipurpose facility for special events (e.g.Following the 2004 baseball season, the Expos relocated to Washington, D. concerts, trade shows) with a permanent seating capacity of 56,040. The Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer (MLS) use the venue on occasion, when larger capacity is needed or when the weather restricts outdoor play at nearby Saputo Stadium in the spring months.The funicular faces north-east, offering a view to the north, south and east.It overlooks the Olympic Village, the Biodome, the Botanical Gardens and Saputo Stadium.However, even as powerful as he was, he did not have the power to make such a guarantee on his own authority.
It is also called "The Big Owe" to reference the astronomical cost of the stadium and the 1976 Olympics as a whole.A covered stadium was thought to be all but essential for Drapeau's other goal of bringing a Major League Baseball team to Montreal, given the cold weather that can affect the city in April, October and sometimes even September.In 1967, soon after the National League granted Montreal an expansion franchise for 1969, Drapeau wrote a letter promising that any prospective Montreal team would be playing in a covered stadium by 1971.As a result, the stadium and tower remained unfinished at the opening of the 1976 Olympic Games.When construction on the stadium's tower resumed after the 1976 Olympics, a multi-story observatory was added to the plan, accessible via a funicular, opened in 1987, that travels 266 metres (873 ft) along the curved tower's spine.