MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact and the Olympic Stadium organizing committee will be keeping a close eye on the weather forecast this week ahead of the Impact’s home opener against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at the Olympic Stadium.
Though the Big O is an indoor facility, the decrepit state of its roof, as well as its past history of implosion due to significant snowfall, means that a snowy forecast for Saturday could force the game to be postponed.
As opposed to last year where any snowfall whatsoever, no matter its size, would have resulted in a game being cancelled, an allowance is now made for an accumulation of up to three centimeters of snow, which leaves the Impact optimistic for Saturday’s game.
“The protocol has been changed a little bit, not that much, but going from zero allowance in terms of centimeters [of snow] to three, is huge,” Impact vice-president Richard Legendre told assembled media on Wednesday. “Right now we’re much more confident than we were last year, where we had no leeway.”
The Olympic Stadium organizing committee, which is able to forecast how much snow will fall over the Olympic Stadium area specifically, will make a final decision on Friday at 4 p.m. ET. Should the game be postponed, it will play on Sunday, weather permitting.
Over 25,000 tickets have been sold so far, which would make the game the second most attended home opener in MLS this year.
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