The Autostade was built in preparation for the 1967 World’s Fair, Expo 67 as a venue for several events including the World Music Festival and the Rodeo Show. It was designed by architects Victor Prus and Maurice Desnoyers. With a seating capacity of 33,172, the stadium is best remembered for its odd shape: to allow the stadium to be dismantled and re-erected on a new site if required, the architects employed a segmental structural system comprising 19 independent but linked pre-cast concrete grandstands, each 40 seats wide, arranged around the central field.
NOTE: The Impact would eventually decide on building their stadium in the East End next to the Stade Olympique. The stadium was named Stade Saputo after team owner Joey Saputo and opened in 2008. It was later expanded for the team to join MLS in the 2012 season.
From CBC Sports · Posted: May 03, 2005 9:36 AM ET | Last Updated: May 3, 2005
The Montréal Impact soccer team is planning to build a new downtown stadium, according to Radio-Canada.
The stadium would be built on the Technoparc site and would accommodate 10,000 soccer fans. Radio-Canada says the official announcement will come Wednesday.
The stadium would go up near where the Autostade was before it was demolished in the late 1970s, the Radio-Canada report says. The Autostade was an amphitheatre which boasted more than 33,000 places and served Montrealers between 1967 and 1976. The stadium was the home of the NASL’s Olympique de Montréal during the two years of the team’s existence from 1971 to 1973.
There are some concerns the location might be a bit too cold because of its proximity to the St-Lawrence River, as was a common complaint about the Autostade.
The new stadium would be ready for the 2007 season, just in time to host the FIFA world under-20 soccer tournament. Montréal is one of six Canadian cities chosen to host the world championships.
The Montréal Impact play in the United Soccer Leagues First Division.