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which was to be opened and closed by cables suspended from a huge 175-metre (574 ft) tower – the tallest inclined structure in the world, and the sixth tallest structure in Montreal.
The design of the stadium resembles that of the Australian Pavilion at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan.
Despite decades of use, the stadium's history of numerous structural and financial problems has largely branded it a white elephant.
Incorporated into the north base of the stadium is the Montreal Tower, the world's tallest inclined tower at 175 metres (574 ft).
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In 1967, soon after the National League granted Montreal an expansion franchise for 1969, Drapeau wrote a letter promising that any prospective Montreal team would be playing in a covered stadium by 1971.
An Olympic velodrome (since converted to the Montreal Biodome, an indoor nature museum) was situated at the base of the tower in a building similar in design to the swimming pool.
After the Olympics, artificial turf was installed and it became the home of Montreal's professional baseball and football teams.
The Montreal Alouettes of the CFL returned to their previous home of Molson Stadium in 1998 for regular season games, but continued to use Olympic Stadium for playoff and Grey Cup games until 2014 when they returned to Molson Stadium for all of their games. The stadium currently serves as a multipurpose facility for special events (e.g.
It overlooks the Olympic Village, the Biodome, the Botanical Gardens and Saputo Stadium.
The Olympic Park, the stadium's suspended roof and downtown Montreal can be viewed from the south-west facing Observatory at the top of the tower.
The cabin is designed to remain level throughout its trip, while providing a panoramic view to its passengers.