Started by Blue In BC, February 14, 2023, 01:09:43 PM
Quote from: DM83 on February 14, 2023, 07:14:39 PMA shoddy ancient falling apart stadium....like the one they play in now at whatever University that is? McGill.Let's quit dicking around. Move Toronto to WindsorMove Montreal to Quebec City or Moncton/HalifaxHey Ho!
Quote from: Throw Long Bannatyne on February 14, 2023, 07:59:15 PMYah, I think it lacks a tenant and the Als prefer playing in Molson Stadium, probably way cheaper to rent.
Quote from: theaardvark on February 14, 2023, 08:59:53 PMI'm thinking the Xtreme turf is probably pretty dead there, and they would need a full returf for it (last changed in 2014). And that's not cheap.Molson is great, but they should want to grow out of it. Playing indoors in winter would mean much larger crowds, and if the Big O is empty, can't imagine the rent would be that bad. And I can't see a cup hosted at Molson. But at the Big O, they could host a GC every handful of year, probably pay the rent right there... who wouldn't want to go to Montreal for a GC and sit indoors...
Quote from: Throw Long Bannatyne on February 14, 2023, 09:19:34 PMI think the Als used if for a playoff game within the last 5 years, but can't really recall for sure. Montreal hasn't hosted the G.C. since 2001, maybe the CFL throws the new owners a bone.
Quote from: blue_gold_84 on February 15, 2023, 05:22:46 PMWith the current situation as it pertains to that organization, I can't see trying to make a larger and more expensive venue a worthwhile consideration. Too risky considering the circumstances.A stable ownership group and a competitive team are more important - and necessary - priorities at this stage of the game for Montreal Alouettes. IMO, anyway.
Quote from: theaardvark on February 15, 2023, 05:04:22 PMIts not that the O is a larger stadium (but it is), it is that it is a climate controlled stadium. Which makes late season and playoff games attendable.And what better city to have a Grey Cup in than Montreal?I went to the cup in Toronto in 1978 (Exhibition) and 1979 (Big O), and all things aside, the Montreal trip was way better...As to it being too big to host the current crowds, yes. But there are way of increasing the attendance, papering the upper decks with free seats for kids and/or New Canadians, growing the base and concessions... but they will need to limit airhorn idiots... that would be intolerable indoors
Quote from: theaardvark on February 15, 2023, 05:37:32 PMIf the "local ownership group" included a minority involvement by the Government of Quebec (owners of the Big O), I would guess cost of the facility would be a much lessened issue... getting 9-11 dates per year for a venue like that could be huge for the venue's bottom line, even if it was at a % of gate revenue arrangement...
Quote from: Jesse on February 15, 2023, 05:40:33 PMSo you had a good time there in 1979 and feel that is a compelling reason for a franchise to go back to the venue 20 years after deciding it was not a viable option?
Quote from: KINGCHARLES on February 15, 2023, 04:39:43 PMI don't understand why some fans think larger stadiums is the answer to "gate revenue". When really the biggest problem with gate revenue is a combination of properly priced ticket prices and marketing the teams.