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I had never had the chance to see a Canadian Football League game before so I couldn't pass it up. Though people were certainly into the game, it was more comfortable and affordable than the NFL. A bus takes you from the subway right to Percival-Molson Stadium, which was a very nice field. It did seem weird watching football and hearing all the announcements in French. I had a great time and the home team won.
Not many people are aware of this, but Montreal has a professional soccer team. The Impact plays in the United Soccer Leagues First Division (second in North America to Major League Soccer) and has emerged as one of its top teams in recent years, capturing the league championship in 2004.
Home games are played from mid-May to late September, depending on how well the Impact performs in the playoffs. In 2008, the Impact moved into the excellent Saputo Stadium, which can currently accommodate 13,000 fans but may eventually have 20,000 seats, depending on whether or not the team gains entry into the Major League Soccer.
Saputo Stadium is a 5-minute walk from Viau metro, just east of the Olympic Stadium. For a European-style ambiance, get tickets in section 114 (known as the "Supporters Section"), where the Ultras give the team their unwavering support, standing and singing through the entire game. As an added bonus, this section has a wonderful view of the Olympic Stadium's leaning tower.
Equipment: Wear blue and white (the team colours) when you come to the game! Sunscreen and/or a hat is also recommended on sunny days.
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Football on the mountainside
During the summer, some of the hottest tickets in town are those for the games of the Montreal Alouettes, the local football team.
The team, resurrected in 1996 after a 10-year absence, have been a hit ever since they moved to Percical-Molson Stadium. Set against the backdrop of Mount Royal, the stadium overlooks downtown on one side, giving night games a special atmosphere. Tickets can be difficult to come by, especially if you're part of a large group, but dozens of scalpers will no doubt come to your rescue for a slight overcharge if you know how to deal with them. :)
I believe all American football fans should see Canadian football at least once in their lifetime. A 110-yard field, 3 downs instead of 4, and singles (points awarded for kicks not returned out of the end zone): how cool is that? Come see where players such as Warren Moon, Doug Flutie, Jeff Garcia and Joe Horn first made a name for themselves.
Equipment: Bring something soft to sit your fanny on: cement seats can get uncomfortable during the course of a 3-hour game.
Football: Go Als go!!
The Als or Alouettes is the Canadian Football League (CFL) team in Montreal. Its very popular here in Montreal and all the games are sold-out, but you can always get good tickets around the stadium for cheap!
By the way, CFL football is not soccer, it is very similar to american football except for a few different rules.
The Alouettes used to play at the Olympic Stadium until one day in November 97, when U2 was playing at the big O (concert which I attended!), the Alouettes had a to find an alternative venue for that game and decided to play at McGill University's Percival Molson Stadium. It was a big hit! Because Molson Stadium is smaller and open-air, the atmosphere is better there. So they finally moved the team to this stadium in 1998.
Note: If you bought your tickets on the internet and need to pick them up on the day of the event, it is on the side entrance of the stadium on University street that you need to pick them up (not the front entrance nor administrative office)
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The Montreal Alouette's play in the Canadian Foutball League (CFL) at Molson Stadium at McGill University. The games are usually all sold out but if you do get tickets you'll get to see some great football. Montrealers love the Alouette's (mostly true now since the Habs suck so much).
A good choice for sports in the city!
Equipment: Beer and a hot dog!
When in Montreal, if you have the chance, try to catch an Alouette football match in the McGill field. I say try, because tickets are hard to find. The experience is amazing!
The local teams is much loved and cheered, the animation is unstoppable and the ambiance is over the top. The small stadium and friendly players make this experience quite unique.
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Equipment: Tickets thought Admission.com or at the door (if there some left...)
The Montreal Alouettes Football team
The Montreal Alouettes is the second most popular team in Montreal. The team was the first in 2002. If you want to assist to a American Football game, it is really special and the beer is popular but expensive (7$ for a glass).
http://www.canoe.qc.ca/Alouettes for tickets
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