Saputo Stadium Details
Opened in 2008, Saputo Stadium is a soccer-specific venue in Montreal that plays host to the Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer. The stadium is built where the training grounds for the 1976 Summer Olympic track and field events once stood, and is in a position where you can see other landmarks built for those Olympic Games from the stadium.
The Montreal Impact first used this stadium in a lower division of North American soccer, as they played in the NASL until their eventual move up to MLS in 2012. Since then, the Impact have had some success, including some great years with Didier Drogba as part of the club, who helped lead Montreal to a deep run in the CONCACAF Champions League in 2015. The Impact reached the final but lost to Club America.
Before the Impact made the jump to MLS, Saputo Stadium held just over 13,000 people. That was not enough seats to foster a move to the major league level, so an expansion was made ahead of the 2012 transition that boosted the occupancy of the stadium to just over 20,000 people, putting it at a level deemed satisfactory by all parties ahead of the move.
Saputo Stadium had some brief experience with international soccer competition in the late 2000s, with the Canadian men's national team playing matches at the venue. The most notable match that team Canada played at Saputo Stadium took place in 2008, which was a 4-1 win over St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the second round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, a tournament that Canada failed to qualify for.
Q: What are the best places to sit at Saputo Stadium?
A: There really isn't a bad seat in the house at Saputo Stadium, but the general admission areas on the east and west end of the venue are the best options in terms of cost and excitement. The west end general admission section, the supporters section, is at the top of the list, as are all supporters sections due to how fun they can be.
Q: Saputo Stadium tips and tricks
A: Gates open about an hour and a half before kickoff, which should be taken advantage of, as showing up around then will give you time to watch the players run through their drills prior to the match. With gates convenient to most seating locations in the park, there shouldn't be many instances of gates being backed up with people.
Q: Saputo Stadium club areas
A: Club 93 is the club seating available at Saputo Stadium. In the southwest corner of the stadium, it offers fans complimentary food and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as a roof to cover you in the event of inclement weather.
Q: What makes Saputo Stadium unique?
A: Perhaps the magnitude is the most unique thing about Saputo Stadium, in that it is truly the biggest game in town for Montreal. Aside from the Alouettes, a Canadian football team, the Montreal Impact are the only true pro team in the city since the departure of the Expos, making Saputo Stadium the city's marquee sports venue.