Olympic Stadium ready to host soccer after mishap

Quebec officials say Montreal’s Olympic Stadium will be ready to

host a large soccer crowd in less than two weeks, despite the

collapse of a concrete slab measuring more than 1,000 square feet

inside a stadium parking lot.

Tourism Minister Nicole Menard linked the accident to the

ongoing expansion of a nearby soccer stadium for the Impact of MLS.

But a Montreal civil engineering professor says he finds it hard to

believe that work on the stadium would have triggered the

collapse.

The Impact are scheduled to play their first games at Olympic

Stadium until the nearby Saputo stadium is renovated.

Impact vice-president Richard Legendre confirmed Monday the

team’s opener, scheduled for March 17, will still be played at the

Olympic Stadium.