The Alouettes and the particularities of Percival-Molson Stadium

The Alouettes and the particularities of Percival-Molson Stadium


There was an important change in practice for the Montreal Alouettes on Wednesday. 

It was not a new player or a new player. a new strategy, but rather the ground on which the Sparrows practiced. Interim head coach Danny Maciocia's men gathered at Percival-Molson Stadium, where they play their home clashes. Usually, the Alouettes practice on the field located between Olympic Stadium and Saputo Stadium.

“Six of our last nine games of the season are at Stade Percival-Molson. We need to be confident when we get on our pitch,” Maciocia explained.

“The ultimate goal would be to hold at least one practice a week here when we play at home,” said added the one also wearing the general manager's hat.

The idea of ​​training on the field usually reserved for games came after the game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on August 4th. During the first moments of the duel, Eugene Lewis caught a pass in the upper right corner of one of the end zones. However, he did not score a touchdown, due to the peculiarity of the end zones of the stadium which is the property of McGill University. These are not rectangular like everywhere else in the Canadian League, since the upper corners are missing due to the athletic track surrounding the field.

“In eight out of nine stadiums, the score would have been 10-0 in our favour. Instead, we gave the ball back to the Bombers…”, supported the president of the Alouettes, Mario Cecchini.

Soon a change?

Confronted by This situation, Cecchini blamed himself for not having seen this disadvantage earlier.

“It was very frustrating and I was even angry with myself, he revealed. It took us several games at home for me to think about that. We had taken it for granted that it was so. So I decided to meet McGill the following Monday.”

The institution seems open to the possibility of modifying its end zones.

“It is still far from being done. They took action. It is certain that the end zones should embark a little on the athletics track, but this one is no longer used for competitions. It’s being evaluated right now,” said the president.

Maciocia didn’t hesitate for a second to say that he would prefer to have the same end zones as anywhere else on the Canadian circuit. While waiting to see if the Alouettes' requests will be met by McGill, the simple fact of practicing on their game field is a plus.

“I've been asking for years trains here!, said Lewis, with a huge smile on his face. It's not normal to feel like it's new ground every time we play it.”

It remains to be seen whether this change, which comes with an additional cost for the organization, will improve the club's record in the coming weeks.