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Percival Molson Memorial Stadium
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Location Montreal, Quebec
Opened October 25, 1919
Owner McGill University
Surface FieldTurf installed in 2004
Construction cost $100,000 (approx.)
Architect Percy Erskine Nobbs
Capacity Canadian football: 20,202
Tenants
Montreal Alouettes (regular season) (CFL) (1998-present)
Montreal Alouettes (CFL) (1947-1967)
McGill Redmen (CIS)
The Montreal Neurological Institute wraps around one end of Molson Stadium.

Percival Molson Memorial Stadium is a stadium owned by McGill University. It is the home of the Montreal Alouettes, the McGill Redmen and the Selwyn House Gryphons.

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History

Montreal Alouettes cheerleaders entertain the crowd during a timeout in a game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on July 6, 2006, at Molson Stadium.

Before World War I, McGill University authorised construction of a new stadium on the slope of Mount Royal, at the corner of University and Pine (avenue Des Pins). On July 5, 1917, Captain Percival Molson, a McGill University alumnus and sports star who had been instrumental in getting the stadium plan approved, was killed in action in France. His will left $75,000 to the university to help pay most of the total costs for the construction of the stadium. Other individual donors whose generosity built and renovated the stadium were William C. Macdonald and John W. McConnell. Designed by Percy Erskine Nobbs,[1], the stadium was officially named in honour of Molson.

The Montreal Alouettes have played most of their home games at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, located on the campus of McGill University, since November 1997. Until 2007, they played their last home regular season game at the Olympic Stadium. Any playoff games are played at the Olympic Stadium. Percival Molson stadium is also home of the Selwyn House Gryphons and the McGill Redmen men's rugby and football teams. It was the home of the CFL Montreal Alouettes from 1947 to 1967. The only Grey Cup game to have been played at Molson Stadium was in 1931. It also served as a venue for field hockey during the 1976 Summer Olympics. It seats 20,202, and is always sold out for Alouettes games.

The Alouettes' decision to return to the venue was problematic because the team was being sponsored by Labatt and the stadium shared the name of its major competitor, Molson, though not named for it. Eventually, the team was forced to change sponsors, and is now sponsored by Molson. In 2004, McGill installed a FieldTurf surface at Molson Stadium which is still in use.

Renovation

Molson Stadium will be renovated with Phase II of the reconstruction to add nearly 5,000 seats scheduled to be ready for the 2010 CFL season. The project to see the smallest CFL stadium increase to a seating capacity of 25,000 will cost $29.4 million.

Eleven rows will be removed from the south side of the stadium to construct a second tier and add the majority of the new seats, about 3,800. Also, temporary bleachers in the east end-zone will be replaced with 1,500 permanent seats, a new section will be added to the northeast corner, and eighteen new private suites will be constructed. The cost of the renovations will be shared by the Quebec government ($19.3 million), the city of Montreal ($4 million), and Robert Wetenhall, the Alouettes owner ($6 million).[2][3]

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Coordinates: 45°30′36.3″N 73°34′50.4″W / 45.510083°N 73.580667°W / 45.510083; -73.580667

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