Als afraid to play at the Big O
The Montreal Alouettes have announced that unlike in past years, they'll be playing their home playoff game at Molson Stadium instead of Olympic Stadium — provided the third place, 4-8 Als rally to earn a home playoff date by finishing first or second.
And the problem is a familiar one — they're worried about the Big O's roof, and whether it can withstand the weight of a potential major snowfall.
"The uncertainty surrounding potentially holding the game at Olympic Stadium in the event of a snowfall weighed in on our decision to hold it at Percival Molson Stadium," Als COO Mark Weightman said in a statement.
He also says fans have been demanding a home playoff game "with the same unique atmosphere of our regular season home games."
The Olympic Stadium's roof has, of course, has had issues with snow before. In 1999, a car show had to be cancelled after the roof tore open and sent tons of snow crashing down below on the eve of the show's opening. No one was seriously hurt, but some of the exhibits suffered serious damage.