All Olympic Park venues. Click on the number to see the description.
Among all the venues of the 1st World Outgames, the Olympic Park remains Montreal’s quintessential symbol for sports, having been built for the Games of the XXI Olympiad in 1976, hosted in Montréal.
With its sport centre and mast, the highest inclined tower in the world, these are the most impressive sport and cultural installations in Québec. Thirty years later, Montréal again hosts the entire world.
The Olympic Park will host a number of sporting disciplines; it is also the focal point for both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the games. Throughout the sport competitions, the site will host activity areas as well as information and merchandising booths.
Easily accessible by the Pie-IX or Viau métro stations on the green line, you can quickly connect with the Village or even the Rendez-Vous Square, the centralised meeting place for participants and visitors alike.
The park got its name in
1910, in honour of the first governor of
Montréal, Paul de Chomedy Maisonneuve.
The park is one of the six largest urban
parks in Montréal. A rolling green
space of 63 hectares, it includes facilities
for numerous sport and recreational activities,
including a 9 hole municipal golf course.
It is also the gathering place for hundreds
of thousands of Montrealers for events
like the St. Jean-Baptiste Québec
holiday and the La fête des enfants
de Montréal. You will also
find the Botanical Gardens and the Montréal
Insectarium. The park is great for nature
lovers, who will find a hiking path (10
km) and a bike path (5 km)
It is Montréal’s mayor Jean Drapeau who requested the French architect, Roger Taillibert, to create this Olympic venue. This vast sculpture in cement is made up of 12,000 prefabricated pieces, the majority of which weigh more than a few tons! It took more than 10,000 workers to erect the Stadium in time for the XXI Olympiad in 1976.
Some 400,000 cubic meters of cement were needed to construct the Olympic Park. This is the equivalent of a sidewalk one meter wide, 15 centimetres thick from Montreal to Calgary – currently the only two Canadian cities to receive the Olympics.
With its synthetic turf, permanent roof and 55,669 seats, the Stadium remains an ideal environment for large-scale sport, cultural and commercial events. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will take place here forging a new historical moment in this incredible sculpted monument; this is also the finish line for the Marathon.
The offices of Montréal 2006 are located in the hub of the Stadium.
At the base of the Olympic Stadium Tower, the installations of the Aquatic Centre are built to Olympic competition standards. This centre comprises six pools where the best athletes train regularly for major competitions.
The competition pool is one of the quickest in the world with its unique system to diminish water movement. The centre also has a training pool of 50m, a diving pool, a deep-water diving pool with a depth of 15m (the only one of its kind in North America!) as well as a warm-up pool and a wading pool. The spectator stands hold 2,777 seats.
Some technical specifications of interest:
The competition pool is 50m x 25m (with spectator stand)
The diving pool (3m, 5m, 7.5m, 10 m platforms and five 1m springboards, and a hydraulic springboard adjustable from 1m to 3m)
A core component of the
Olympic Park, the Centre Pierre-Charbonneau
has, since it opened its doors in 1960,
always transformed itself for a wide
range of recreational, cultural and sport
events. It has been a film set, and a
conference hall; it has been used to
hold the Colloque de Montréal,
boxing galas by Interbox and even the
regional selection for the Montreal Games.
Dancesport will take place
in the larger gymnasium where close to
2000 spectators can watch the competitions
for this incredible event. The competition
director selected for the organisation
of this event is none other than the
one responsible for La Classique
du Québec, an internationally
Constructed at the beginning of the 1960’s, the Arena was named in honour of the legendary hockey player Maurice "Rocket" Richard. A permanent exhibition on the life and accomplishments of this national hero can be found in the arena.
Renovated in 1994, the arena is the only one in Montréal to boast an ice surface with international standards. The arena is a privileged site by athletes for training in speed skating (short distance) and for figure skating. The stands hold 5,000 spectators.
Located at 2800 rue Viau, between Sherbrooke and Pierre-de Coubertin streets, the arena will host four days of competitions as well as the finals in figure skating. For the first time, professionals of this discipline will take place in the competitions.
The closing show, Mascarde on Ice, will bring professional skating and artistic creation together for a show rich in talent, daring and strength. Get your tickets early!
The Collège de Maisonneuve is a public post-secondary educational institution welcoming more than 5,600 students each year. The College also provides different services for the community: cultural and sporting activities, day camps, etc.
Its sport installations include a triple gymnasium, a pool, a combat studio as well as a dance studio.
The handball competitions will make use of the gyms.
Located in the borough
the Parc Louis-Riel is situated between
the street Gérin-Lajoie and Rosemont
Boulevard (south and north) and the streets
Duquesne and Carignan (east and west).
It is just behind the high school Louis-Riel
and offers 12 tennis courts.