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11-17-2010, 04:00 PM
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Olympic Stadium roof collapse during truck show?

Hey guys, I'm looking for a news story. About 20 or so years ago I went to see a truck show at the olympic stadium and early on there were pieces of the roof that started to fall so they had us evacuate. It had to be before 1994 because it was before I lived in Montreal, I think it was around 1990 or 1991.

I've been trying to find a news story or an article or something that talked about that event and the evacuation, but I haven't found anything at all. If anyone can find a link or something about it I'd appreciate it since I never found anything

It was supposed to be like Jeeps with huge wheels jumping over things, they looked like the bigfoot from Grand theft Auto:



they had just barely begun bringing them out when we had to evacuate. I tried to buy a coke during the evacuation but they looked at me like if I was some kind of idiot

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The Internet didn't exist back then so you'll have far better chances at finding what you want if you go to a library and search the newspaper archives.

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I wanted to do that, but I don't know what date it is so I'd have to skim through 3-4 years of newspapers

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The Internet didn't exist back then so you'll have far better chances at finding what you want if you go to a library and search the newspaper archives.
frightening concept

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The Internet didn't exist back then so you'll have far better chances at finding what you want if you go to a library and search the newspaper archives.
You couldn't be more wrong.

I'd look in the Radio-Canada archives maybe ?

Besides : http://grandquebec.com/nouvelles-que...lympique-toit/

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frightening concept
Even more frightening: many people on these very boards are too young to remember back when there wasn't any Internet around.

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http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...g=3123,8136621

it's apparently called a "truck and tractor pull"

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The Internet didn't exist back then so you'll have far better chances at finding what you want if you go to a library and search the newspaper archives.
Are you for real? The internet didn't exist during WW2 either, you can still find info about it on the net.

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Are you for real? The internet didn't exist during WW2 either, you can still find info about it on the net.
World War 2... and the Olympic Stadium's roof? Same significance in history, really. Well, they're both tragedies, I'll give you that.

But apparently, someone did think it was important enough to make a webpage for the incident. Good for you, OP.

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You are mixing two events.

From Wikipedia:

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To improve the stadium's suitability as a baseball venue, it was remodelled in 1991, with 12,000 seats being removed, including blocking off a large number of seats far removed from the playing field, and moving home plate closer to the stands.
Olympic Stadium's blue roof

On September 8 of that year, support beams snapped and caused a 55-long-ton (62 ST; 56 t) concrete slab to fall on to an exterior walkway. No one was injured, but the Expos had to move their final 13 home games of that season to the opponents' cities. For the 1992 season, it was decided to keep the roof closed at all times. The Kevlar roof was removed in May 1998, making the stadium open-air for the 1998 season. Later in 1998, a $26 million opaque blue roof was installed which does not open.

In January 1999, a 350 m2 (3,767 sq ft) portion of the roof collapsed, dumping ice and snow on workers that were setting up for the annual Montreal Auto Show.[10] This led to the auto show leaving Olympic Stadium for good. Repaired once again, the roof has been modified to better react
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic...nuing_problems

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Are you for real? The internet didn't exist during WW2 either, you can still find info about it on the net.
Impossible i dont believe you

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I remember it being a car show in january because of Ice

Best I can do

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Thanks guys. From what I can find I think the event I remember was actually in 1989:

http://archives.cbc.ca/sports/olympi...ics/1316-7926/

If you click on "did you know," there's this:

"• In 1989, the roof tore during a monster truck pull event, as an audience of 8,000 fled the stadium. "

I'm 99% sure this is the one event I remember, although in my mind it was later than 1989.

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it's apparently called a "truck and tractor pull"
That's got to be it
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And two years ago, the roof lining ripped during a truck and tractor pull, and about 8,000 people had to be evacuated.
That paper's from 1991, so the 1989 date fits.

I don't remember anything big falling like boulders, it was like pieces of cloth that were slowly falling from the roof one after another. I thought at first it was part of the show. They had all these huge trucks lined up and one of the trucks was supposed to take a run at them and jump over them all or something like that. I wish I could find the exact date though.

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Even more frightening: many people on these very boards are too young to remember back when there wasn't any Internet around.
scary times indeed. i remember having to watch the cbc late night foreign films on the weekends just to see a little boob and nip action

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* Nov. 19, 1989. Two rips appear in the stadium's "inner roof," a collar covering the opening between the suspended roof and the top of the stadium, an hour before a truck and tractor demonstration is scheduled to begin. About 12,000 spectators are ordered to out of the stadium. No one is injured. Officials blame the tears on increased air pressure because of tractor engines or displaced air from the subway line running under the stadium.

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* Nov. 19, 1989. Two rips appear in the stadium's "inner roof," a collar covering the opening between the suspended roof and the top of the stadium, an hour before a truck and tractor demonstration is scheduled to begin. About 12,000 spectators are ordered to out of the stadium. No one is injured. Officials blame the tears on increased air pressure because of tractor engines or displaced air from the subway line running under the stadium.
Well maybe they should have designed the olympic stadium in a way that it could withstand the huge air pressure changes caused by Montreal's powerful metro trains.

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Dude I was born in like 1985 and I could almost swear by the age of 6 or 7 I had a 14k modem. That was like 1991-1992 area? I was one of the first people in our area to get internet, I remember IRC being so new back then LOL. It was very long ago so I may have been 9-10 and not 6-7 but my memory is pretty vague of that time now.

EDIT: Just did a quick search, IRC invented in 93, so my guess would be the net started up around 1991. I didn't get IRC right away though so my guess is I got the net around 1992-1993 when I was 7-8.

Either way the internet wasn't big like it is today back then.

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* Nov. 19, 1989. Two rips appear in the stadium's "inner roof," a collar covering the opening between the suspended roof and the top of the stadium, an hour before a truck and tractor demonstration is scheduled to begin. About 12,000 spectators are ordered to out of the stadium. No one is injured. Officials blame the tears on increased air pressure because of tractor engines or displaced air from the subway line running under the stadium.
Wow, thanks. Where did you find that?

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scary times indeed. i remember having to watch the cbc late night foreign films on the weekends just to see a little boob and nip action
I myself was really into scrambled porn.

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