Plans to replace Montreal’s iconic Olympic Stadium is officially underway, and it’s going to cost a pretty penny for all Quebec taxpayers.
According to the Montreal Gazette, the new roof will cost around $870 million, which is about $120 million more than what was originally expected.
The news was confirmed by Quebec Tourism Minister Caroline Proulx, Minister Responsible for Montreal Chantal Rouleau and Olympic Park director Michel Labrecque earlier today.
The construction work for the new roof will start this summer and is planned to be completed in 2027. The stadium will be closed during construction, but operations at the rest of the park won’t be affected.
The new roof will be rigid and non-retractable with a transparent ring at its base.
According to the government, replacing the roof will generate an economic boost of nearly $1.5 billion over the next ten years. The government previously blamed the state of the Olympic Stadium for Montreal not making the cut for Taylor Swift Era’s tour.