New roof has hefty price tag

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:18 PM ET

VANCOUVER - Montrealís Olympic Stadium was built with a retractable roof but it wasnít complete until a dozen years after the 1976 Summer Olympics.

It was eventually replaced in 1998 by a fixed roof. The original budget was estimated at $134 million but the final bill was more than $1.5 billion by 2006. Thatís why itís known as the Big Owe.

Torontoís Rogers Centre (the stadium formerly known as SkyDome) opened June 3, 1989 for $570 million and was the first fully functional retractable-roofed stadium in North America.

When B.C. Place Stadium opened June 19, 1983, it was Canadaís first fully covered stadium. It was built on-time, and on-budget for $126 million.

The B.C. Place retractable roof is budgeted at $458 million. Another $105 million of renovations are being conducted. The original budget, announced in January 2009, was $365 million for the whole package. Completion is set for late summer/early fall 2011.


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