The stadium was originally slated to be finished in 1972, but the grand opening was cancelled due to a strike by construction workers.
Further delays ensued due to the stadium's unusual design.
Work slowed to a snail's pace for a third of the year due to Montreal's typically brutal winters.
As a result, the stadium and tower remained unfinished at the opening of the 1976 Olympic Games.
A covered stadium was thought to be all but essential for Drapeau's other goal of bringing a Major League Baseball team to Montreal, given the cold weather that can affect the city in April, October and sometimes even September.Following the 2004 baseball season, the Expos relocated to Washington, D. concerts, trade shows) with a permanent seating capacity of 56,040. The Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer (MLS) use the venue on occasion, when larger capacity is needed or when the weather restricts outdoor play at nearby Saputo Stadium in the spring months.The stadium has not had a main tenant since the Expos left in 2004.The building was built as the main stadium for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games.The stadium was host to various events including the opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, football finals, and the team jumping equestrian events.