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Expos New Stadium To Seat 36,215

February 3, 2000

MONTREAL (AP) _ The Montreal Expos’ proposed ballpark is to have 36,215 seats, 64 private boxes and will cost about $200 million, a report said today.

A picture of a scale model of the stadium that appeared in the Journal de Montreal showed a simple semicircle of covered grandstands around an open-air playing field.

The model, which was to be presented to the media next week, was shown to the municipal executive council Wednesday at City Hall.

The stadium, to be called Labatt Park, is to be built on vacant, federal-owned land at the corner of de la Montagne and Notre Dame streets downtown, a block south of the Molson Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens.

The site is to include a separate building housing the Expos offices. The plans allow for an additional 3,700 seats be added to the outfield bleachers, if needed.

The project, designed by Axor, Provencher, Roy and Associates, was to be submitted to the city’s urban development committee today.

City Council approval could come as early as Feb. 21, which, if accepted, would allow construction to begin in time for the stadium’s projected opening in 2002.

On Wednesday, the Expos renewed an option to lease the land, valued at $16 million, until Aug. 30. They are expected to sign a long-term lease on the property.

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