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Montreal is now sports ghost town


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First Montreal Loses their beloved Expos. Then they lose the opprotunity to host the World Aquatic Championships. Now, with the NHL lockout jeopardizing any hopes of the Habs playing this season, it looks like Montreal is going to be a sports ghost town until June when the Als start playing. I would not be surprised if there was a crime starting soon as a result of the lack of sporting events in Montreal.

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Living in Montreal (well, suburbs ;)), I can say that right now, the focus is on the Superbowl. Our beloved Alouettes lost against the Argos <_< so there has not been much to look for sports wise.

The president of the rganizational commitee committed suicide on Tuesday, and it was all over the news, but I didn't think that would be of some interest here. Guess I was wrong!

Although the city has lost the organization, the international federation will also suffer from this. Montreal is still trying to get the Championships back, and mayor Tremblay met with the president of the federation last week to try to find a compromise in which both parties would find comfort.

I can tell you that minor sports have seen more fans than ever here! There is also semi-profesional hockey, and more obscure sports have been put forward by the medias and they are getting more coverage than ever.

And I bet that most of my fellow Canadians didn't even know that the Men's National handball team had qualified for the World Championships in Tunisia (held over the last two weeks). Although they were crushed badly during most of their games, they enjoyed the international experience and they hope to qualify again for the next Championships.

Ok... I'll stop rambling now. But I'm happy handball got more coverage than usual, as I have played with some of the members of the national team several years ago!

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Since there isn't much hope of a riot starting until at least november due to a championship being won, I'd think crime wouldn't be an issue in Montreal for a few months.

Unless the Rock machine and Angels start gunning each other down in the streets, of course. Those crazy kids.

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Montreal is just waiting for the A-League or USL 1st Division to start. The Impact had over 10,000 at most games, and this year i can see them getter even more, they'll have to find somewhere else to play.

There is Molson Stadium the Als' home or if they get really popular a game at the Big Owe :D

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Montreal is just waiting for the A-League or USL 1st Division to start. The Impact had over 10,000 at most games, and this year i can see them getter even more, they'll have to find somewhere else to play.

If only the Expos got that kind of support. Montreal might still have their "Beloved Expos".

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I dunno if the Impact can play at molson cause its turf.  Theres alot of controversy between FIFA and the use of artificial turf.  Theres a certain kind thats approved but i dont know if thats the stuff at molson.

I do know that the one in Ottawa is FIFA approved. FIFA has approved certain types of artifical surfaces realising that northern countries would benefit from it.

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I dunno if the Impact can play at molson cause its turf. Theres alot of controversy between FIFA and the use of artificial turf. Theres a certain kind thats approved but i dont know if thats the stuff at molson.

I believe that it is going to be used in Serie A matches in Italy.... State Soccer Centre in Melbourne is also going to have artificial turf when completed

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FIFA has approved several FieldTurf pitches in the USA (Boston, Villanova, Meadowlands) and artifical turf has advanced in days since Patio Carpeting (my name for the old surfaces) was predominant in the old NASL.

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I dunno if the Impact can play at molson cause its turf.  Theres alot of controversy between FIFA and the use of artificial turf.  Theres a certain kind thats approved but i dont know if thats the stuff at molson.

I do know that the one in Ottawa is FIFA approved. FIFA has approved certain types of artifical surfaces realising that northern countries would benefit from it.

Pretty sure the one in Seattle is FIFA approved too. It has to be for MLS play, doesn't it? So I think it is.

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I dunno if the Impact can play at molson cause its turf.  Theres alot of controversy between FIFA and the use of artificial turf.  Theres a certain kind thats approved but i dont know if thats the stuff at molson.

I do know that the one in Ottawa is FIFA approved. FIFA has approved certain types of artifical surfaces realising that northern countries would benefit from it.

Pretty sure the one in Seattle is FIFA approved too. It has to be for MLS play, doesn't it? So I think it is.

MLS wanted to have a team in Montreal and it would have played its home games at the Molson Stadium, so the turf would have been approved (if it hasn't been approved yet). However, they decided to abandon that option due to the fact that the Impact is so successful and both teams would be in direct competition.

Support for our soccer team is great because Québécois are starting to play soccer at a younger age. It is really gaining a lot of popularity here. Baseball isn't going anywhere, and our team sucked.

Team popularity is directly linked to its success. The Montreal Impact has won 2 championships in the last 10 years, but the team has always been very successful and they are always finishing in the top of the standings.

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I dunno if the Impact can play at molson cause its turf.  Theres alot of controversy between FIFA and the use of artificial turf.  Theres a certain kind thats approved but i dont know if thats the stuff at molson.

I do know that the one in Ottawa is FIFA approved. FIFA has approved certain types of artifical surfaces realising that northern countries would benefit from it.

Pretty sure the one in Seattle is FIFA approved too. It has to be for MLS play, doesn't it? So I think it is.

Team popularity is directly linked to its success.

You mean in Montreal right?

Seattle has long been one of the premier teams of the A-League and yet only draw 4,000 a game.

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Seattle has long been one of the premier teams of the A-League and yet only draw 4,000 a game.

Well 4000 is still better than many other teams. Problem is, the Sounders play at Quest Field, which is way too big, even for a MLS team

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Seattle has long been one of the premier teams of the A-League and yet only draw 4,000 a game.

Well 4000 is still better than many other teams. Problem is, the Sounders play at Quest Field, which is way too big, even for a MLS team

Edit: The figures I had were from 2002. In 2004 they averaged 2800.

You're telling me. They were much better at Memorial Stadium or in Renton.

Here's the seating chart by the way. It shows A ) how way too big the place is for this team and B ) how the team knows it

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