Olympic Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Montreal, located at Olympic Park in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of the city. Built in the mid-1970s as the main venue for the 1976 Summer Olympics, it is nicknamed "The Big O", a reference to both its name and to the doughnut-shape of the permanent component of the stadium's roof, it is called "The Big Owe" to reference the astronomical cost of the stadium and the 1976 Olympics as a whole. The stadium is the largest by seating capacity in Canada. After the Olympics, artificial turf was installed and it became the home of Montreal's professional baseball and football teams; the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL returned to their previous home of Molson Stadium in 1998 for regular season games, but continued to use Olympic Stadium for playoff and Grey Cup games until 2014 when they returned to Molson Stadium for all of their games. Following the 2004 baseball season, the Expos relocated to Washington, D. C. to become the Washington Nationals. The stadium serves as a multipurpose facility for special events with a permanent seating capacity of 56,040.
The capacity is expandable with temporary seating. The Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer use the venue on occasion, when demand for tickets justifies the large capacity or when the weather restricts outdoor play at nearby Saputo Stadium in the spring months; the stadium has not had a main tenant since the Expos left in 2004. Despite decades of use, the stadium's history of numerous structural and financial problems has branded it a white elephant. Incorporated into the north base of the stadium is the Montreal Tower, the world's tallest inclined tower at 175 metres; the stadium and Olympic Park grounds border Maisonneuve Park, which includes the Montreal Botanical Garden, adjacent to the west across Rue Sherbrooke. As early as 1963, Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau sought to build a covered stadium in Montreal. A covered stadium was thought to be all but essential for Drapeau's other goal of bringing a Major League Baseball team to Montreal, given the cold weather that can affect the city in April and sometimes September.
In 1967, soon after the National League granted Montreal an expansion franchise for 1969, Drapeau wrote a letter promising that any prospective Montreal team would be playing in a covered stadium by 1971. However as powerful as he was, he did not have the power to make such a guarantee on his own authority. Just as Charles Bronfman, slated to become the franchise's first owner, was ready to walk away, Drapeau had his staffers draw up a proposal for a stadium, it was enough to persuade Bronfman to continue with the effort. The stadium was designed by French architect Roger Taillibert to be an elaborate facility featuring a retractable roof, to be opened and closed by cables suspended from a huge 175-metre tower – the tallest inclined structure in the world, the sixth tallest structure in Montreal; the design of the stadium resembles that of the Australian Pavilion at Expo'70 in Japan. Soon after Montreal was awarded the 1976 Games, Drapeau struck a secret deal with Taillibert to build the stadium.
It only came to light in 1972. The Olympic swimming pool is located under this tower. An Olympic velodrome was situated at the base of the tower in a building similar in design to the swimming pool; the building was built as the main stadium for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. The stadium was host to various events including the opening and closing ceremonies, football finals, the team jumping equestrian events; the building's design is cited as a masterpiece of Organic Modern architecture. Taillibert based the building on plant and animal forms, aiming to include vertebral structures with sinews or tentacles, while still following the basic plans of Modern architecture; the stadium was slated to be finished in 1972, but the grand opening was cancelled due to a strike by construction workers. The Conseil des métiers de la construction union headed by André "Dédé" Desjardins kept the construction site in "anarchic disorder" until the Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa bought him off in a secret deal.
In his 2000 book Notre Cher Stade Olympique, Taillibert wrote "If the Olympic Games took place, it was thanks to Dédé Desjardins. What irony!" Further delays ensued due to the stadium's unusual design and Taillibert's unwillingness to back down from his original vision of the stadium in the face of escalating costs for raw materials. It did not help that the original project manager, Trudeau et Associés, seemed to be incapable of handling some of the most basic construction tasks; the Quebec provincial government lost patience with the delays and cost overruns in 1974, threw Taillibert off the project. Additionally, the project was plagued by circumstances beyond anyone's control. Work slowed to a snail's pace for a third of the year due to Montreal's brutal winters; as a result, the stadium and tower remained unfinished at the opening of the 1976 Olympic Games. The roof materials languished in a warehouse in Marseille until 1982, the tower and roof were not completed until 1987, it would be another year before the 66-tonne, 5,500 m2 Kevlar roof could retract.
It could not be used in winds above 40 km/h. It was only opened and closed 88 times; when construction on the stadium's tower resumed after the 1976 Olympics, a multi-storey observatory was added to the plan, accessible via a inclined elevator, opened in 1987, that travels 266 metres along the curved tower's spine. The elevator cabin ascends from base of the
The 2013–14 season is Lokomotiv Moscow's 12th season in the Russian Premier League, their 22nd consecutive season in the top-flight of the Russian football championship since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. This is Leonid Kuchuk's first season in charge after taking over from Slaven Bilić, sacked at the end of the previous season following Lokomotiv's worst performance in the Russian Premier League since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Indeed, Lokomotiv's poor performance last season has left the club without European football this season and therefore the only cup that Lokomotiv participates in is the Russian Cup. Players and squad numbers last updated on 18 February 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Statistics updated 14 May 2014 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Coaches and respective roles last updated on 27 July 2013.
Lokomotiv's players who were not on duty with their respective national teams called for pre-season medical examinations on Friday 14 June 2013. The others undertook their medical examinations the week after and by 22 June all the players had passed their medical examinations. On 24 June 2013, the squad, under the guidance of Leonid Kuchuk, flew to Slovenia for the annual pre-season training camp and played a series of friendlies with various clubs. One-month vacations after first half of the season ended on 9 January 2014. Players passed the next day flew to their first winter camp in Portugal. After two weeks of work and two friendlies the team returned to Moscow; the second winter camp, featuring three friendlies, started in Spain on 27 January, the third camp with five control matches – in Spain, from 14 February. Last update 16 May 2014 Defender Maksim Belyayev,midfielders Aleksei Miranchuk, Aleksandr Samedov, Dmitri Tarasov, Maksim Grigoryev. Midfielder Alan Chochiyev. Goalkeeper Miroslav Lobantsev,midfielder Aleksei Miranchuk.
Goalkeeper Miroslav Lobantsev,defenders Vitali Lystsov, Oleg Murachyov, Temur Mustafin,midfielders Dmitri Barinov, Andrei Chernetsov, Aleksandr Lomakin, Anton Miranchuk,forwards Arshak Koryan, Aleksei Turik, Andrea Chukanov. Midfielders Dmitri Barinov, Sergei Makarov,forwards Denis Anisimov, Rifat Zhemaletdinov. Goalkeeper Ilya Ishchenko,defender Dzhamshed Rakhmonov,midfielders Nikolai Kipiani, Sergei Serchenkov, Georgi Makhatadze,forward Timur Koblov. Goalkeeper Ilya Gnezdilov,defenders Aleksandr Razoryonov, Viktor Fereferov, Yevgeni Fetisov,midfielders Ivan Galanin, Georgi Makhatadze,forwards Artyom Galadzhan, Mikhail Lysov. Midfielder Maksim Kalachevski. In August 2013, after winning all 3 games of the month, Leonid Kuchuk was awarded monthly prize for Manager of the Month by Russian Football Union. In December 2013, after guiding Lokomotiv to the joint leadership in Premier League before winter break, Leonid Kuchuk was named Manager of the Year by Football Federation of Belarus. In the 2013–14 season, the club continued a monthly poll among Loko fans in the social networks to name the best player of the month.
The award went to:Guilherme,Vitaliy Denisov,Dmitri Tarasov,Dame N'Doye,Lassana Diarra,Vedran Ćorluka,Aleksandr Samedov. After the end of 2013–14 season, the club organized a new poll among Loko fans in the social networks to name the best player of the season; the award went to Aleksandr Samedov, Vedran Ćorluka came second, Vitaliy Denisov third. In December 2013, Vitaliy Denisov was named Uzbekistani Player of the Year. Second goal by Dame N'Doye scored 3 November 2013 vs Spartak Moscow became 1000th Lokomotiv's goal in Russian top division since 1992. After victory over Kuban Krasnodar on 2 December 2013, Lokomotiv became leader of Premier League for the first time in more than seven years. Ján Ďurica played all 30 league did not miss a single minute, he became the first outfield player to achieve such mark for Lokomotiv during the Russian Premier League time and the third one among all Lokomotiv players after goalkeepers Sergei Ovchinnikov in 2002 and Guilherme in 2010
Tanger Outlets Pittsburgh called Tanger Outlets Washington is an open-air outlet mall in South Strabane Township in Washington County, Pennsylvania owned by Tanger Factory Outlet Centers. It is within the Pittsburgh Metro Area, it is located on Race Track Road off Interstate 79 in Pennsylvania in a 122 acres development called Victory Center. It was supported by the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington; the development process for what would become the outlets began in 2000. The site was chosen for its access from Interstate 79, proximity to The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, for having sufficient distance from Grove City Premium Outlets, it is 70 miles south of its largest rival, the Grove City Premium Outlets. The facility was built with the support of tax-increment financing procedure; the financing deal with Trinity Area School District and the Washington County, Pennsylvania was controversial. Prior to approval, an anonymous opposition group spent $100,000 in a single week on direct mail, road signs, telephone solicitations, a Web site, newspaper advertisements.
The tax-increment financing included a Bass Pro Shop