After years of debates and studies, the Quebec government has given the go-ahead to equipping Montreal’s Olympic Stadium with a new roof. The project will equip the stadium with a soft, semi-permanent roof that will be much sturdier than the current roof, but will be difficult to retract. It is expected to cost $250 million.
The current roof is the cause of concern and frustration; in the past 10 years, it has been torn and repaired a total of 7,453 times.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard told CBC News that repairing the roof is a necessary thing, since the only alternative would be abandoning the stadium.
We can't use it if we don't repair the roof. That is unavoidable.
Couillard’s government believes the stadium will attract more activities once this new roof is installed, justifying its high cost.