A by-the-numbers look at Montreal's Olympic Stadium

By The Canadian Press
July 12, 2016 - 1:00am

Montreal's Olympic Stadium opened in 1976 for that year's Summer Games. A by-the-numbers look at the Big O or, as some dub it, the "Big Owe":

1: Number of papal visits. Pope John Paul ll greeted crowds in September 1984.

6: Number of times Grey Cup has been played there. Event last came to Montreal in 2008.

28: Number of seasons Montreal Expos graced the facility. Team moved to Washington in 2004.

165: Height in metres of stadium tower. With 45-degree angle, it is considered tallest inclined tower in the world.

484: Full length in metres of stadium and tower. 

1987: Year it finally landed a roof — 11 years after Games held in Montreal.

56,000: Its approximate number of seats, depending on configuration. Largest amphitheatre in Quebec.

61,004: Number of people who attended CONCACAF Champions League final on April 29, 2015. Figure set new record for largest crowd to ever watch a professional soccer match in Canada. Previous record of 60,860 was set at Olympic Stadium when Montreal Impact played Los Angeles Galaxy on May 12, 2012.

78,322: Attendance record, set July 6, 1977, for Pink Floyd concert. 

400,000: Cubic metres of concrete needed to build stadium.

1,230,802: Number of visitors last year to Olympic Park, which includes stadium, tower and surrounding facilities.

$1.47 billion: Total construction cost of Olympic Park facilities, which include stadium, sports centre, Velodrome (later transformed into Biodome nature museum) and Olympic Village.

SOURCE: The Canadian Press, parcolympique.qc.ca

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