Olympic Stadium ("Stade Olympique" in French, ho hoh) in Montreal was a cavern of sadness. Not only would the retractable roof never close (instead it was covered with a tarp that would spill snow or blow off on windy days), but the seating capacity had to be reduced to 46,500 because, like, 5,000 people would show up for games -- 4,500 Phillies/Red Sox fans and a small group of French Canadians who spent nine innings checking the Maple Leafs score.
You could heckle big, fat Livan Hernandez and the entire stadium would hear you as clearly as they heard the announcer. Youppi, their hairy ginger mascot, translated about as well as a Gerard Depardieu movie. The only redeeming quality this place had: at least you could get a ticket, a hot dog, and a beer for the price of a program at most other parks. -- Sean Cooley, Senior editor, Cities