The Montreal Impact are the newest team to the MLS and competed in their first home game
on March 17, 2012 in front of a then record crowd of 58,912 fans who purchased the first MLS
Montreal Impact tickets. The match ended in a 1-1 draw vs. the Chicago Fire but the supporters
who purchased Montreal Impact tickets were not disappointed as they saw firsthand as Davy
Arnaud scored the team’s first goal in the MLS.
Talk of a 19th MLS franchise began in the late months of 2007, at the time Toronto FC held
a contract that named them as the exclusive MLS franchise in Canada until 2009. However,
during the 2008 season Toronto FC stated they would be thrilled to add another MLS franchise
in Canada and thus the dream of selling Montreal Impact tickets began. It took a few years for
the final destination of the MLS’s 19th franchise to be declared but it was officially announced in
2010 that Montreal would be the city for a new franchise that would begin play in 2012.
The reason for the short time between the announcement and the time the team would begin
play was largely due to the fact that Montreal already had a professional soccer team that
played in the North American Soccer League and already had a home stadium and just needed
a short time to upgrade staff and players. The team initially decided to keep their name as the
Impact so they could continue to sell Montreal Impact tickets but changed their logo, colors,
and uniforms once they started play in the MLS.
Since Montreal already had a professional soccer team which had been playing at Olympic
Stadium, they were able to continue to play their first five home games at Olympic Stadium
until their official move to their new stadium. The name of their new and current home where
they sell Montreal Impact tickets is the soccer-specific Saputo Stadium. The reason for the
team’s short stint at Olympic Stadium was mainly due to the fact that Saputo Stadium is an
outdoor facility and the team needed an indoor stadium because of the unpredictable spring
The franchise benefited from their games at Olympic Stadium however as they were able to sell
30,000 more Montreal Impact tickets per game at the larger multi-purpose venue as compared
to Saputo Stadium. The Impacts new home at Saputo provides the fans with a newer complex
that was constructed in 2008 and offers closer to the field seats giving those who purchase
Montreal Impact tickets with a great view of their new MLS team.
The teams first season in the MLS showed great support by the fans as the team’s record
home attendance was 60,860 vs. the LA Galaxy at Olympic Stadium, and were able to come in
the middle of the league in attendance figures selling an average of 24,052 Montreal Impact
tickets per home game. Despite the support for their fans the team finished just one spot shy
of the MLS Playoffs coming in 6th in the Eastern Conference and 11th overall in the league, still
considered a good first year for the expansion franchise.
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