Mayor Denis Coderre was on hand for an announcement Monday that Montreal will host the Athletics Canada Indoor Open Championships in two weeks, from Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 16.
"Montréal is a city that is increasingly defining itself as a sports city," mayor Coderre said in a statement. "A proof of this is the return of the Canadian Indoor Open Championships, to Montréal, after a 20 year break. The City is investing in sports facilities to benefit the community which will also serve to host future major sports events."
The statement also notes the city has spent $28 million to maintain the Claude-Robillard sporting complex over the past decade, including $1.2 million this year.
About 700 participants are expected to take part in the weekend, which will serve as a national championship for youth and junior athletes, and will feature Olympic-level national team members in invitational events.