Baseball could come back to Montreal, with government funding

Warren Cromartie said he's looking for a "champion" to help back the project
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A feasibility report on bringing a baseball team back to Montreal is out, and reveals it would cost over $1 billion for both a new stadium and moving a team to the city.

The report was assembled by the Ernst & Young firm alongside the Montreal Metropolitan Board of Trade and showed that 69 percent of citizens in the area support the move, alongside 81 percent of businesses.

Reviving the Big-O is out of the formula however, Cromartie told reporters.

“We need a new stadium,” he said. “Major League Baseball is very much aware of that.”

The report suggests building a new open-roof stadium is the only route to take, because a retractable roof on its own would cost over $100 million.

The firm predicts building the stadium would cost about $500 million, $335 million coming from the government; but all of that would be recouped within eight years, the report said.

Before the stadium can be built, there must be a team willing to move and a company willing to buy the team.

No word yet on who is in negotiations with the association.

Click here to view the report.

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  1. David Shashoua posted on 12/12/2013 04:17 PM
    Today, Montreal is broke and full of uncertainty. As much as I loved baseball and the Expos back in the day, that was then, this is now. If the Canadiens are worth $550 million and it took the Caisse de Depot, Molson's, Bell and other major players to buy into an existing profitable enterprise, who's left that will invest $1 billion on something so uncertain. I think everybody forgets that the politics of baseball and the strike of 1994 killed the Expos probably forever. A final point, Decarie's Blue Bonnets site is the only place left to build a stadium with central access and that's been slated to be built as residential. Hey Warren Cromartie, try the Dragon's Den, see if they like the idea.
  2. Drew posted on 12/12/2013 07:47 PM
    Montreal roads are a mess the water mains are breaking all over you see are cones and the city crumbling and now the government want a ball team at the cost $500 million dollars and $335 million is coming from our taxes you got to be serious. Recouped in 8 years !! Just like expo 67
  3. clint posted on 12/12/2013 08:19 PM
    "Baseball could come back to Montreal, with government funding"
    Um shouldn't that read "taxpayer" money ?
  4. maria posted on 12/13/2013 06:36 AM
    Are these guys serious, do they understand the trouble this province is in - I sit here some nights and listen to the news and I just shake my head because I do not believe were these people come from. This province is going to go broke within the next 5 years if we do not clean up the mess the P.Q. is making no one has the time,money or the stomach for a baseball team. I wish they spent all this time and money on the study towards things this province really needs.
  5. clint posted on 12/13/2013 07:50 AM
    This should read
    Baseball could come back to Montreal, with TAXPAYERS funding
  6. ric posted on 12/13/2013 08:47 AM
    I have to fund a bunch of millionaires playing baseball for a bunch of billionaires, NO WAY. Let them build their own stadium.
  7. Daemoncan posted on 12/13/2013 11:54 AM
    As nice as it would be to have a pro baseball team back in Montreal, the money simply isn't there. It would always be a small-market team, without the resources to attract & keep top talent, and the owners of the other MLB franchises would once again use Montreal as their "farm team".
  8. John posted on 12/14/2013 02:44 PM
    It's not going to happen, so Warren Cromartie and his team of dreamers should stop this charade. First and foremost, there is no way that MLB will ever put another team in Montreal; second, and equally paramount, there just aren't enough fans willing to put their bums in the seats 81 times per year. No way will this happen before we see pigs fly.
  9. Joe posted on 12/15/2013 07:56 AM
    Put it this way there's not 1 team based in the USA gona move here
  10. Joe posted on 12/17/2013 09:07 AM
    Lets prioritize the important ones.
    1. Healthcare
    2. Crumbling roads and bridges infrastructure in general
    3. Terrible public transportation
    4. Modernized schools

    Now the non important ones

    1. BASEBALL IN MONTREAL.

    Let all the citizens on Montreal put one penny in the pot and we will by Warren Cromartie a one way ticket home so he can take his pipe dream with him.
    Want a team Warren find investors, after you guys will be collecting the cash,
  11. sherlock posted on 12/17/2013 03:10 PM
    Maybe they can play in Mayor Lebaume's NHL ready and empty amphitheatre!
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