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Montreal for Sports Lovers

Professional Teams and other Attractions to Satisfy Sports Lovers in Toronto

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Sports lovers will not be disappointed in a trip to Montreal. The city has several professional sports teams and world-class venues to host the games.

Professional Sports Teams

Montreal Canadiens - National Hockey League (NHL), games played at the Bell Centre
Montreal Alouettes - Canadian Football League (CFL), games played at Molson Stadium
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), games played at Centre D'Excellence Sports Rousseau
Montreal Impact - Major League Soccer (MLS), games played at Saputo Stadium.

Sports Venues

The two major sporting venues for professional games are the Bell Centre - home of the Montreal Canadiens and host to other major concerts and events - and the Molson Stadium, home of the Alouettes, located at McGill University.

Major Sporting Events in Montreal

  • Grand Prix takes place every June.
  • The Rogers Cup is held every August at the Uniprix Centre Stadium in Montreal. The biggest names in women's tennis play Montreal in even years and men play in odd years. Women and men alternate play between Montreal and Toronto.

Museums and Halls of Fame

The Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame is in the Bell Centre in downtown Montreal, near Bonaventure Station.

The 1976 Olympic Stadium still stands, but has been underused since 2004 when Montreal lost its professional baseball team. Nevertheless, it still hosts sporting events on occasion and is an interesting building to visit for its history and architecture, which includes the Montréal Tower - the highest inclined tower in the world. Ride to the top and you'll get a good view of the city. In addition, you may be lucky enough to see high-diving practice - something that kept us riveted for an hour.

Sports Bars

  • The La Cage aux Sports is a popular chain with all the fixin's of a sports bar and a big, HD screen TV is never far away.
  • MVP Sports Bar has 15 High-Definition screens and two floors of seating.
  • McLean's Pub might not have a flatscreen TV every few feet, but it does have a rowdy environment and 17 beers on tap which makes for good sports watching.
  • Check out these Montreal Sports Bars off the Beaten Path.

Racetracks and Off-track Betting

  • Horseracing came to an end in Montreal in 2009 when the city's horse racing track, the Hippodrome closed due to bankruptcy.
  • Off-track betting is also not common, especially since one of the province's few remaining off-track betting parlours was shut down in the summer of 2011.

Montreal - Fight Capital of Canada

Both Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing are especially popular in Montreal. Part of the MMA's popularity is due to local boy and dream ambassador to the sport, Georges St-Pierre. Many MMA fights are held in Montreal and draw huge crowds.

Keep Up to Date on Sports in Montreal

Canada's national sports channel is TSN (The Sports Network). Check TSN online for sports updates or listen to TSN Radio.

The Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) also broadcasts many sporting events, including NHL games, which are broadcast live every Saturday during the hockey season.

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