The Montreal Alouettes is the Canadian Football League franchise that represents the city of Montreal. The team has a long and proud history, having been founded in 1946. Before they became the Montreal Alouettes, the team went by the Montreal Concordes and then the Montreal Stallions. The official name of the franchise was changed in 1996 when they moved from Baltimore to Montreal. Since 1946, the franchise has won the Grey Cup (the Canadian Football League’s equivalent of the Super Bowl) six times. Their home venue is Percival Molson Stadium, which is owned and also used by McGill University. The McGill University Redmen of the Quebec University Football League and a very lucky high school team play their home games at this outdoor stadium as well.
Montreal Alouettes Football is a popular pastime in the city, and games are enjoyed in the picturesque setting of Pervical Molson Stadium situated at the foot of Mount Royal at the corner of University and Des Pines Avenues. The stadium is centrally located to many other attractions and popular areas of Montreal, including the Place des Arts, Old Port, and the Montreal Botanic Gardens. If you decide to make a day of seeing one of the Montreal Alouettes football games, you will be able to enjoy a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes, all very close to Percival Molson Stadium. The CFL may not be widely popular in the United States, but when you visit Montreal and see the response the Montreal Alouettes get in their home stadium, you will discover the excitement it generates north of the border.
The maximum capacity at Percival Molson Stadium is approximately 25,000 people. People interested in visiting this popular sports venue in the heart of the city may also be interested in learning a little bit more about the home team. One of the most interesting facts about the Montreal Alouettes that most people do not know is that the original squad from Montreal was founded all the way back in 1872. The name Alouettes is translated into English as Skylarks. It is also largely unknown that Canadian football has been going on in a professional form since the 1850s. The Montreal Alouettes are one of the first teams to have become involved in the ranks of professional football teams in Canada.
The Montreal Alouettes football team brought home their first Grey Cup in 1949, defeating Calgary 28-15. At the time the squad was led by Montreal football legends, Virgil Wagner and Frank Filchock. Since the Montreal Alouettes returned to the CFL in 1996, they have made an astonishing five Grey Cup appearances with two wins.
Other events that take place at Percival Molson Stadium include high-profile concerts by the likes of U2. If you are traveling to Montreal, it is well worth checking out the events calendar at Percival Stadium. If you have enough time to fit sports into all of the other activities you have planned, including shopping, dining, and hopefully relaxing a bit, you will have a fun time checking out either a concert or football of the Canadian variety at this venue.