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Saputo Stadium set for expansion

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With the Montreal Impact joining Major League Soccer in 2012, the club is taking the necessary steps to try to make its home, Saputo Stadium, on par with some of the league's top facilities.

The Impact is putting $23 million into a stadium expansion, which will increase the park's capacity from 13,034 to 20,341 ahead of the team's first match in MLS.

Renovations are set to begin in May, with the completion date set for next March. The stadium will continue to be an open-air stadium, though a third of it will be covered by a new roof.

Are you excited for the Impact to join MLS? Think the new Saputo Stadium will be among the best in the league?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. Like Real, Sporting, United…Olympique is a marketable team name that world footy fans recognize. It doesnt have to be an English name in Montreal. It would be a brilliant fit. Impact is an indoor soccer sounding name.

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  2. What other league can claim to have fan bases of three different languages? Adding Montreal makes the league as diverse as the continent and we get to watch the trans-Canadian hatred. Sounds good to me.

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  3. You think it was cold in Toronto for the MLS Cup? Imagine holding any matches in Montreal at that time. Gonna be freezing.

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  4. The name is fine, Impact is both English and French, whereas Olympique is only French. Plus they don’t play at Olympic Stadium.

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  5. Not really for them changing from Montreal Impact.

    But if they are going to change there is only one choice…..obviously…..

    BRING BACK THE MANIC !

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  6. ok so you call bitching about not winning and threatening to boycott games a good fanbase? Atlanta, San Diego, Miami, Minnesota, and San Antonio would all be better expansion cities in the long run.

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  7. I just hope they change their name–Montreal Impact (or Impact de MontrĂ©al) doesn’t capture the imagination. I think Olympique de MontrĂ©al would be fitting since they play in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium.

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  8. fair enough but our neighbors to the north tend to be pretty thin skinned. Nothing anyone says here really means much and its obvious the Canadians have been a positive addition to the league so there is no need to be so sensitive.

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  9. Listen you dumb shits….this is NORTH AMERICA. Thats how we do it around these parts….USA/Canada combo works very well….NBA..MLB… ESPECIALY NHL…… AND GUESS WHAT…. MLS….damn soccer purist…go to Europe if you care so much of non usa teams joining.

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  10. Oh man, i dont imagine the canadian cup has gotten much coverage in the US but the games up here against Montreal have been pretty intense. Even the games for Montreal and Vancouver have been intense but for different reasons (ones that dont matter).

    The Toronto Montreal derby will be quite a shock to the league, i suspect.

    FTR i censored my language quite a bit in my previous post. clearly as garbage is far to kind a term for that team.

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  11. Because most of the jokes are pretty lame. I like to make fun of Canuckistan as much as the next American, but these “jokes” are mainly thinly disguised insults.

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  12. yeah i don’t know why people get it in their head that having canadian teams is bad for the league.
    The league will NEVER regret placing three teams in fantastic markets… Canada or no Canada

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  13. Yeah no kidding. Sad that their starting point at 13000 is just 1000 less than the capacity of the new Quakes stadium, IF they even get it built.

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  14. Seriously Canadian soccer fans need to relax a bit.

    This is much better then the Earthquakes proposed stadium but then who’s isn’t. I hate that the Earthquakes are such a boring team boring in just about every aspect.

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  15. CANT WAIT FOR THESE PIECES OF GARBAGE TO JOIN THE MLS.

    I cant wait to destroy Montreal limp act as often as 3 times a year. CANNOT. WAIT.

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  16. Are you kidding? Toronto has been selling out every game and Vancouver has over 10k season tickets sold. Add in MTL and Canada will be representing hard. Canada has the passion and the fans, but not enough big cities for its own competitive league. MLS with both Canada and US is the best possible scenario

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  17. Do you know of an any US markets with billionaire owners and a huge fanbase? The only potential one I see is St. Louis. You’d rather have poorly supported teams in bad locations instead of well supported Canadian teams with fans that bring passion for the sport?

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  18. Stupid americans. Seth, please crawl under a rock. Chris, get a clue. TFC outsells Chivas hands down, in the rain, sleet and snow. You can’t pay people to go to Chivas, whereas TFC is filled. The Impact draw more in USL/NASL than Chivas or KC and probably a lot of others…

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  19. Looks pretty bare-bones to me…not that there’s anything wrong with that. Looks just fine.

    And not sure if you’re joking or not, but that’s the Olympic Stadium in the upper right, where the Expos use to play.

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  20. No it will not be a good addition to the league, waste of a expansion team. Down the road MLS will be scratching their heads at why they entertained the idea of CHIVAS USA and why they expanded into canada.

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