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When you are in Montreal you won't miss the Big O or Olympic Stadium. It's home to the troubled Montreal Expos. Depending on when you see this tip you may want to verify they still play in Montreal.
There has been all sorts of trouble with this team however they will always be my favorite. I can remember the good days of Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Denis Martinez, Tim Wallach, Andres Gallaragha and Vance Law!
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Equipment: On December 4, 1969 - just months after the close of the Expos' inaugural season at Jarry Park - Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau officially nominated the city as host for the 1976 Olympic Games. On May 12, 1970, the International Olympic Committee announced its decision to award the Games to Montreal. The quadrilateral was brought back to life.
On February 3, 1973, the Olympic Games' organizing committee took the first critical steps toward the construction of the myriad of venues. On April 28th, excavation work began on the Olympic Park. As the months went by, construction progressed steadily, but in May 1975, the workers' union went on strike and did not return until the following October 26th, at which point the project was months behind schedule.
On November 20, 1975, the Quebec National Assembly adopted Bill 81, which saw the creation of the Olympic Installations Board (OIB), a committee whose task it was to oversee the completion of the Olympic Park. By May 15, 1976, it had become necessary to create several temporary installations for various facilities due to the delays in the construction of the stadium.
Though Olympic Stadium was still unfinished, it was unveiled to the world on July 17, 1976, for the opening ceremonies of the 21st Olympiad. Olympic Park was officially inaugurated, yet it was still far from complete. Nevertheless, the public demanded that the facilities be used immediately following the investment of their tax dollars, and so, on September 26, 1976 - a month and a half after the Olympic Games - the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League helped redefine Olympic Stadium as a venue that would be home to a wide variety of sporting and cultural events.
Living in England, I've never really got in to baseball, but for a few hours on an August afternoon in Montreal, I got right in to it. Touring the magnificent Olympic stadium, and it's structural beauty, our guide informed us that usual access to part of the stadium was restricted on the day due to a baseball game. Why not? We picked up tickets for $8 each! A fantastic experience, and although the sport didn't win me over, we had a great afternoon supporting the Expos!
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Ok, so the Expos as a team have a bad rep. The positive side to this is that it was easy to get tickets to a game at the last minute. We had to show our Aussie friend this typical North American sport! If you enjoy baseball games -- and don't care TOO much if the team isn't the best -- go. The atmosphere is fun. It's a typical baseball experience - beer, hot dogs, goofy mascots. We had a great time!
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Baseball is part of the american way of life. It is not easy to understand all the rules for Europeans, but it is quite funny to watch the Americans following their sport by drinking beer and eating Hamburgers...
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Les Expos at the Big O
The Montreal Expos play in the Olympic Stadium which was built in the 1970's to accomodate the Olympics. While the Expos havn't been too bad lately, noone seems to care in Montreal, and attendence is always low. Everytime I have gone to the stadium I have seen nothing but empty seats. The stadium itself doesn't have the right ambience for baseball, it's more like watching baseball in a basketball arena. But the good thing about visiting the Stadium is that it's pretty cheap by American standards to get some good seats and take in some Major leage action.
I would not suggest buying any food at the stadium though, it's overpriced, and low in quality. If you stick around after the game, it is possible to meet the players and get their autograhps. The lines aren't even that long since noone goes to the game.
Go see the Montreal Expos!
For the baseball enthusiasts, going to a Montreal Expos game is a great activity! Apparently they're doing pretty well this year, and word is they might not be around Montreal for long- so go check them out while they're still here :) As well, the Expos play at Olympic Stadium which is something to see in itself.
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One last time...
Come see this young and ALWAYS exiting team!! Vladimir Guerrero (MLB's most exiting player!!)! Javier Vasquez! Jose Vidro! Orlando Cabrera(Last year's Golden Glove winner!!)! Some of Major League Baseball's most exiting players are here and prices are the lowest in MLB!! (9$ us average per seat)!!!
THIS YEAR WILL BE YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SEE PRO BASEBALL IN MONTREAL!!
Well for our first date Ioan treated me to a Montreal Expos game, and i loved it! It was a really relaxing evening; watching the Baseball and chatting lots.
It was my first experience of Baseball, but certainly not the last! It felt special because of the unsure future of the Expos, so i felt lucky to be experiencing it. And also because the Expos kicked the buts of the New York Mets!
I also impressed Ioan by my swift knowledge of the players; some guys were asking us who scored the third home run, and i knew!!! It was Orlando Cabrera!!!!
I think Ioan was very proud of me :)
Montreal's Major League Baseball team is called the Expos and they play at Olympic Stadium. The picture show their star player, Vladimir Guerrero crossing homeplate.
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