Efforts to bring back MLB exhibition games to Montreal

There appears to be plans afoot to bring more major league exhibition baseball games to Montreal next year.

Snowdon councillor and baseball fan Marvin Rotrand has been firing off letters asking about interest in bringing more major league teams to play exhibition ball at the Big O in 2015.

So far,  he says it's pretty positive, referring to a letter he got from the Olympic Installations Board.

"The stadium has agreed to spend money to make the stadium even more attractive for baseball in view of exhibition games in 2015 and in the years to come," Rotrand said.

CJAD 800 News obtained a copy of the letter dated May 1st in which the head of the OIB Michel Labrecque says that EVENKO, which organized this year's games between the New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays, is negotiating with Major League Baseball and two teams to come back next year.

EVENKO would only tell CJAD 800 news in an email that they are still in contact with MLB.

Labrecque confirms that they did speak with EVENKO, adding the ball is in their camp.

Labrecque told CJAD 800 News that if it's a go, that'll accelerate their plans to invest and improve the Olympic Stadium for fans, including a bigger and better screen, e-ticketing and more and improved food choices.

"We will work all the year to make sure that 2015 is more in line with what you see in North American stadiums when you have baseball in 2015," Labrecque said.

He said he could not provide cost estimates at this time but that a budget is expected this fall, since the improvements would benefit other events at the stadium.

Rotrand said he also contacted the Blue Jays club.

"I'm going to continue my lobbying at city hall to get the council members on board. We support this, it's good for Montreal's economy, it's good for Montreal as a tourist destination and it's good towards the eventual winning of a team to replace our Expos," Rotrand said.

"I'm very confident we're going to see games in 2015."

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