Olympic Village, Montreal
Conceived to be a highlight of Canadian technology this risky construction suffered lots of problems that made its costs to mount until "impossible" levels.
Its funny to read what Wikipedia says about it:
The stadium was designed by French architect Roger Taillibert to be a very elaborate facility featuring a retractable roof, which was to be opened and closed by a huge 574 foot (approx. 175 metres) tower — the tallest inclined structure in the world, 6 feet taller than the Washington Monument, and the sixth tallest building in Montreal. The Olympic swimming pool is located under this tower.
Initially projected to cost C$250 million, the stadium's costs quickly spiraled out of control. The Quebec government introduced a special tobacco tax in May 1976 to help recoup its investment. The final cost of the stadium was to be C$1 billion, which is scheduled to be paid off in October 2006. Perceived by many to be a white elephant, the stadium has also humorously been dubbed The Big Owe (or Uh-O). ...
Problems plagued the stadium from the time it opened for the Olympic Games--which at that point was only half built. Seating 58,500 at the time, the stadium was not fully completed in time for the games due to strikes by construction workers, leaving it without a tower or roof for the opening and several years following. Both the tower and the roof, made of over 60,000 feet (approximately 18,500 meters) of kevlar, were not completed for over a decade, and it was not until 1988 that it was possible to retract the roof. The 65-ton roof then proved difficult to retract, and was occasionally torn in heavy winds
Anyway, it's an interesting building (at least for those who didn't have to pay it) even by night, as it happened to us.
We drove to Montreal from Toronto and naturally, our first target was the site of the 1976 Olympics! That nice inclined tower was actually added after the games -- and I read somewhere that it cost a lot of money and was quite controversial.
This tower is called in French, La tour de Montréal, and is actually incorporated into the base of the Olympic Stadium. It is the tallest inclined tower in the world at 175 metres, and is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.
The" Big O" is a reference to both the tower's name and to the doughnut-shape of the permanent component of the stadium's roof - but when we were there, I just called it the Olympic Tower of 1976. Wasn't disco just about dying during that time?
But the views at the top of the tower are wonderfully panoramic. The kids had fun riding the funicular which I think cost less than $20 per person. It is a quick ride but worth it just to get your curiosity out of what's up there. But of course, the pictures are better when you take them at the outside with the tower at your background.
In 1976, the summer Olympics were held in Monreal. The Olympic Tower was built as part of the Olympic Stadium, although the tower wasn't fully completed until after the Olympics. It is the world's tallest inclined tower, at almost 575 tall.
There is an observatory at the top of the tower. There is a short ride in a sort of diagonal elevator to the top; only about a minute. There isn't much at the top, but you don't need much other than the 360 degree view of Montreal. From Mount Royal to the St. Lawrence River, it has some beautiful views.
There is a gift shop at the top.
It costs $14 for an adult admission.
Inside, our team of baseball (the Expos), Biodôme (a lot of animal, the four seasons in differents parts of) . to go to the top there is a cableway and a you a nice view of Montréal, And you have a lot of events inside.
Bienvenue à la plus haute tour inclinée au monde!
Le Parc olympique de Montréal : Venez à la découverte d'un site touristique de calibre international. Site des Jeux olympiques de 1976, le Parc olympique est un complexe architectural incomparable.
La Tour de Montréal : Voyez comme c'est haut! Montez en funiculaire jusqu'à l'observatoire de la plus haute tour inclinée au monde. Voyez comme c'est beau! Offrez-vous une vue imprenable sur Montréal, un panorama à couper le souffle qui s'étend sur des kilomètres à la ronde.
Les visites guidées du Stade olympique : Voyez comme c'est grand! Visitez le Stade olympique accompagné d'un guide chevronné, qui vous racontera tous les secrets de la grande et petite histoire de ce chef-d'oeuvre de l'architecture et du génie modernes.
Welcome to the world's tallest inclined tower!
The Montréal Olympic Park: Explore a tourist attraction of international calibre. Site of the 1976 Olympic Games, the Olympic Park is a truly incomparable architectural complex.
The Montréal Tower: See how high it is! Ride the cable car to the Observatory of the world's tallest inclined tower. See how beautiful it is! Enjoy a breathtaking view of Montréal that stretches for miles around.
Guided Tours of the Olympic Stadium: See how big it is! Discover the Olympic Stadium in the company of an experienced guide who will fill you in on the thousand and one secrets of this masterpiece of modern architecture and engineering.
The Stade Olympique is an amazing architectural work. The stadium was originally built for the 1976 Olympics and was an open air stadium by Olympic law. Later the roof and tower were added and the original Kevlar roof was retractable. Design flaws later dictated that a new roof replace the original and it was no longer retractable because of the weight. The Expos played here until they moved to Washington D.C. after the 2004 season. The CFL Montréal Alouettes played here as well until recently. Sadly, very few events are held here anymore and no professional sports franchises utilize the stadium. For $14 CAD you can take a guided tour and a trip to the top of the tower at 556 ft. The museum detailing the ’76 Olympics, Canadian Olympic success (or lack of), and a look at the worlds great observations towers is interesting but free. The tour cost is not really worth the price. The stadium is rarely used and stripped of its former glory. The vantage point from the tower is good but the real beauty is the structure itself.
In 1976, Summer Olympic was held in the City of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Olympic Stadium is now the venue for Fairs, Sports, and Musical Events. The Tower is 175 meters which is the highest inclined tower in the world. I have taken a couple of shots of this remarkable stadium in different angles and I am convinced that this is an amazing and unique icon of the beautiful City of Montreal. I highly recommend the Olympic Stadium which I believe is a "must see" for its panoramic view. An elevator takes you to the top of the Tower. It is recommended to bring binoculars to be able to recognize and have a close look of the beautiful city with its buildings and wonderful landscape. You will also have the opportunity to tour other attractions within the Olympic Stadium which include (1) Biodome showcasing the Polar Worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic, the Tropical Forest and the Laurentian Forest. (2) Insectarium which is the only one of its kind in North America. (3) Botanical Garden which is a beautiful sight to see with thousands of species. Come visit Montreal and explore an array of attractions that will surely be a memorable event for every tourists of all ages.
A visit in Montreal always bring you near this important landmark (the only one ?) of Montreal, the one and only, our priceless (!?) Olympic stadium. This marvel of architecture, the most crooked tower in the world, need to be seen very closely to see all the work and concrete it took to make it.
After a few pictures, if you want, you can go up the tower in the funicular but it is a little expensive (around 14$ CAN for adult) for this view.
Around the stadium, don't miss the Biodome and the incredible Botanical garden.
N.B. I shot two short clips recently at the Stadium. To see them, go to this web site http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=etrehumain. Enjoy !
Montreal was the site of the 1976 Summer Olympics. The Olympic Stadium has the world's tallest inclined tower and, until the end of the 2004 season, was the home of the Montreal Expos baseball team. The Olympic complex also includes the Montreal Biodome, Montreal Insectarium, and the Montreal Botanical Garden, one of the largest botanical gardens in the world, second only to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in England.
Today, the CFL's Montreal Alouettes play the last game of their season and playoff games in the Olympic Stadium. It holds up to 56 040 fans for a football game and it may hold more in the future when temporary overflow stands are added to the dugout pits and center field for football. It is nicknamed the "Big O" because of its oval shaped roof. It is also sometimes called the "Big Owe" due to the outrageous total cost of the stadium.
Built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium is the Park’s centrepiece, a bold design by French architect Roger Taillibert. Impressive in size and shape, and topped by the tallest inclined tower in the world, the Olympic Stadium quickly became a choice location for major sporting events, rock concerts and public gatherings. A funicular-type elevator brings visitors to the top three observation floors, where they have a superb view of Montréal and its surroundings. Guided tours are available. The sports centre, at the foot of the Tower, has six aquatic pools as well as a multi-sport facility.
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Stopping here on the city tour, which was part of our Canadian Coast to Coast tour, I had to take the photograph under a tree to try and keep the camera dry. Yes it more or less rained on the few days we stayed in Montreal.
The stadium was originally built for the l976 Olympic Games, - Architect was Roger Tailibert.
There is a panoramic view of Montreal from the Observatory at the top of the world's tallest inclined tower. It is said that on a clear day you can see up to 80 km's in every direction.
You can get there via a cable car with large windows providing a view of the city. The two-level cable car is one of the few in the world capable of carrying 76 passengers at once.
Montreal's best known landmark: the 1976 Olympic Stadium, a must see during your trip. For a swim in the olympic pool, a 175m high ride up the "Montreal Tower", a cocktail at the top "Salon Montréal" or just a simple stroll in the sports park surrounding the stadium. Home to many activities such as motocross competitions, footbal games and many fairs, exhibitions and musical events.
Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York, the Empire State Building, Toronto, the CN Tower, and Montr?al, the highest inclined tower in the world. Looming over the Olympic Stadium, it has become the uncontested symbol of the city. Built for the 1976 Olympic summer games, the stadium is the bold design of French architect, Roger Taillibert. This imposing structure, adorned by the Tour de Montr?al (Montr?al tower), is without a doubt the preferred arena for major sporting events, rock concerts and large gatherings. Take a ride in the funicular to one of three observation decks offering an unobstructed view of Montr?al and its surroundings.
The Olympic Park of Montreal showcases the surviving buildings from the 1976 Summer Olympics, which were one of the most fiscally mismanaged Olympics ever. It's Olympic Stadium was declared state of the art, with a retractable roof. Yet it never fully worked, and the Stadium was only entirely finished in 1990! Nearly 16 years later!
The Park also includes the Biodome, Botanical Gardens, and the Insectarium. Perhaps the real true monument of the place is the Montreal Tower, a giant slanted curved tower rising near the base of the Stadium. Sure it looks straight from that horrible architectural dark age of the 1970s, but it does give some of the best views of Montreal and the surrounding area outside of Mont Royal.
This is the site of the 1976 Olympic games. It is possible to go to the top of the Funiculaire which has stunning views of the city. The purpose if this building was to raise the roof off the stadium.
For the olympic games of 1976, mayor Jean Drapeau gave a mandat to french architect Roger Taillibert to build a giant stadium. The montrealers have'nt finish to pay it yet for many reasons. First the plans of the architect were not taking for account the climate of the city and many problems with the roof have generate foolish investments. But, from a sight point of view this building is a mastercraft. The local baseball team, Montreal's Expos are playing their games there.