A Brief History of Percival Molson Memorial Stadium
Construction on the stadium began in July 1914 on an area known as “Macdonald Park,” named after William Macdonald, a benefactor who almost single-handedly financed parts of the university. Macdonald Park was to be known as "a playground for McGill students."
Once built, Percival Molson Stadium quickly became the home of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (MAAA) football team, the predecessor of the Montreal Alouettes.
The first stages of growth...
The innovations were not only technological; Major D. Stuart Forbes, the director of athletics at the time, even once brought in a flock of grazing sheep in an attempt to improve the grass.
The Alouettes, formed in 1946, were a force in the CFL, enjoying capacity crowds from 1947-1967. The all-time attendance record at Percival Molson Stadium is 26,191 for a 27-21 Montreal victory over Hamilton on Sept. 12, 1959.
The Olympic Summer Games
Stadium capacity was temporarily increased to over 20,000 to accommodate Olympic crowds.
Temporary end zone bleachers were installed in the spring of 1999, increasing the seating capacity to 19,461 and then to 19,601 for the 2001 season. That figure was increased to 20,002 for the 2002 campaign and to 20,202 for 2003.
Phase I of the plan, funded by $13.3 million in federal, provincial and municipal contributions, was completed in 2003 and included the replacement of the stadium's 13-year-old artificial surface with a next-generation, multi-sport "infill" turf.
Areas under both the north and south grandstands were completely renovated, including work to dressing rooms, showers, and officials' rooms. As well, there were major additions to the number and quality of stadium concessions and washrooms. Finally, new lighting and improved stadium access roads were installed.
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|Thu 13/06/13||Hamilton||Montreal||7:00 pm EDT|
|Thu 20/06/13||Montreal||Toronto||7:00 pm EDT|
|Thu 27/06/13||Montreal||Winnipeg||9:00 pm EDT|
|Thu 04/07/13||Winnipeg||Montreal||7:00 pm EDT|
|Fri 12/07/13||Calgary||Montreal||7:30 pm EDT|
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