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Quebec to dole out $870M for Olympic Stadium’s new roof

The iconic Olympic Stadium in Montreal is finally set to get a much-needed facelift.

The Quebec government announced $870 million in funding Monday for a new roof for the landmark sports complex that hosted the 1976 Olympics.

Tourism Minister Caroline Proulx said the plan will mean the Big O will be able to operate year-round and therefore “create new opportunities for holding trade shows, fairs, congresses, sporting events and large-scale shows.”

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“Our government wants the Olympic Stadium to once again become a positive symbol for the metropolois and for all of Quebec,” Proulx said in a statement.

It’s the latest move in the years-long quest to finally switch out the beleaguered stadium’s roof — which has more than 20,000 rips in it.

Last October, Premier François Legault declared he wanted the venue to return to its former glory. He said he was well aware of high costs associated with installing a roof, but said it was important the Olympic Stadium have a new one.

— with files from Global’s Brayden Jagger Haines, Felicia Parrillo and The Canadian Press

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