It is nicknamed "The Big O" regarding its doughnut-shape of the stadium's roof. It is also called "The Big Owe" due to its astronomical cost.
Till 2006, it was the second most expensive stadium ever built, amounted to C$1.61 billion.
Montreal Olympic Stadium is a multi-purpose arena, located in Olympic Park, Montreal, Canada which was originally constructed to serve as the prime stadium for the 1976 Summer Olympics and hosted events including the opening and closing ceremonies, team jumping equestrian events, football finals, and athletics. The stadium currently serves as a multi- purpose facility for special events such as concerts, trade shows. It was the home stadium of Montreal's professional football and baseball teams. Post-1976 Olympics, it underwent a series of renovation in between 1980-1992 to improve the structure of the stadium. Montreal Tower (world's tallest inclined tower) is located at the north base of the stadium. The design of the buildings is regarded as the masterpiece of Organic Modern architecture. It has also hosted artists such as Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) and an opera performance of Aida.
Its construction of the stadium was started in 1973 and completed in 1976.
Post-1976 Olympics, a multi-story observatory was added.
In 1984, Pope John Paul II participated in a youth rally.
In 1985, Quebec Government implemented an Olympic cigarette tax in the province to cover the finances.
To commemorate the 1976 Olympics, Canada Post issued a stamp depicting the Velodrome and Olympic Stadium.