I finally did what I should have done this morning and took a look at that proposed Montreal baseball stadium site on Google Maps, and … wow, that is small. Like, really small. Like, let’s compare it to the smallest current MLB stadiums on Google Maps:
So, yeah, you’re going to need a bigger boat. And there doesn’t seem to be much of a way to make more room on the Montreal site: Avenue Atwater (pronounced by the Montreal Metro announcer, deliciously, as “at-wah-teah”) and Boulevard René Lévesque are major thoroughfares, and aren’t going anywhere, You could take over Cabot Square, a public park, I suppose, but that would still mean a crazy-short fence in left field — here, you know what, let’s bring in Fenway Park as well to see if that would fit:
Yeah, this looks like beyond a tight squeeze, unless you get rid of the public park and knock down the Pentacostal church across the street — and even then, you’d be talking about by far the smallest ballpark built for an MLB team in more than a century. It’s not impossible, but it just might be infinitely improbable.