It looks like an innocuous enough article, noting that the expansion of the Montrreal Impact‘s Saputo Stadium will be delayed a couple of months, forcing the team to begin its first MLS season next spring at Olympic Stadium. Down in the fine print, though, there’s some cause for concern:
Team president Joey Saputo and vice-president Richard Legendre, responsible for the stadium, met the media prior to Sunday’s North American Soccer League game against the Atlanta Silverbacks to announce a second call for bids concerning technical specifications for infrastructure will proceed next month after what was deemed “unsatisfying results” with initial proposed bids.
“The cost was globally too high,” said Saputo. “It is not a question for us to exceed the total public money awarded (by the Quebec government) for the expansion project.
“We have worked hard over the last few weeks with the different people involved to find solutions to expand our stadium to 20,000 seats, under a roof, while respecting the initial budget,” he said.
So what’s actually happened is the province put up $23 million for the stadium expansion, but nobody was willing to actually do the job for that price. Legendre said he’s confident that a second set of bids will bring the price down, and maybe he’s right — but if not and there are cost overruns, it’s going to be interesting to see who pays for them.