Forum de Montréal – Montréal, Québec

 

Any discussion of sport in Canada begins with hockey. By extension, any discussion of sporting facilities in Canada begins with the Montréal Forum, “the most storied building in hockey history.” Home to the Montréal Canadiens—professional hockey’s winningest team—for 72 years, the Forum was ultimately abandoned in 1996 for a larger and more lucrative stadium several blocks away. Since then, it’s been converted into a theatre complex.

The Forum was a legendary Olympic venue as well. Early on during the 1976 Montreal Summer Games, Nadia Com?neci’s scored a perfect 10 on the uneven bars, an Olympic gymnastics first. The 14 year-old Romanian’s cumulative score couldn’t be displayed on the three-digit electronic scoreboard, so it appeared as “1.00″ instead. She would go on to repeat the feat six more times, and garner three gold medals. The Forum was also the site of the Olympic handball, basketball, volleyball and boxing events. Unremarkable as architecture, the Forum is unparalleled as a historic site among Canadian stadiums.

-Jesse Jackson

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