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The Big O Move
The famous Big O skatespot in Montreal was moved out of harms way when the nearby soccer stadium was expanded. Here is a clip and some information.
Check out the local news story about the moving of the spot below.
The 175-ton concrete structure known as the Big-O is an historic monument. It is a 50 foot long pedestrian passageway that was built in 1976 for the Montreal Olympic Games. It is a world famous skatespot, with a miniramp going into a 2,5 meter concrete pipe. It has been skated regulary since it was built i 35 years ago.
When the local skaters heard that the spot would have to make way for the expansion of a nearby soccer stadium. a group led by Marc Tison went to see Joey Saputo, president of the Montreal Impact soccer team. With the help of a book called Pipe Fiends, telling the history of the skatespot, they convinsed him to save the spot.
“We understood when we first build the stadium that the Big-O was a huge deal to the skateboarders. When we decided to expand the stadium, we had no choice but to put a big column in its location. We needed to move it to save it. Everyone in the project was pretty confident it could be done. We are extremely pleased that we were able to save this structure and at the same time maintain a good relationship with the skateboarding community.” Montreal Impact President Joey Saputo
The move was complicated, and a specialised company was hired to help move the structure 25 meters.
“We put in a call to a company that specializes in relocating entire homes structures, Déplacements Grenier, as this wasnt just a simple block of concrete that had to be moved. The Big-O is cracked in some places, so we had to monitor that throughout the move.” - construction superintendent Stéphane Tardif
The Big O at the old location.
Click the link below for a map and more information.