The president of the Montreal Alouettes says we won't have a Grey Cup in Montreal until Olympic Stadium gets a new roof.
In 2017, it could have been Montreal's turn to host the Grey Cup but Alouettes president Mark Weightman says they can't bid on the game, because the condition of the Olympic stadium roof is too risky.
The game could be cancelled if 3 centimeters of snow accumulates on the roof.
“There’s a risk that the game would have to be pushed back, as we unfortunately saw happen with the Impact game a few weeks back, which would be catastrophic for the Grey Cup, so the league is not in a position to accept our candidacy,” Weightman said.
The roof on the Olympic stadium won't be fixed before 2019, at the earliest, and Weightman says it's the only venue large enough to hold the event.
“It’s 120 million dollars of economic impact on the city as well, at a time (end of November) that there’s not a lot of other events going on in the city so it’s something that we look forward to doing in the short term but the roof needs to be rectified first,” he said.
The Olympic Installations Board would not comment.