The Montreal Forum (French: Le Forum de Montreal) was an indoor arena located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Called “the most storied building in hockey history” by Sporting News, it was home of the National Hockey League’s Montreal Maroons from 1924 to 1938 and the Montreal Canadiens from 1926 to 1996.
The Forum opened on November 29, 1924, with an original seating capacity of 9,300. It underwent two renovations, in 1949 and 1968. When the Forum closed in 1996, it had a capacity of 17,959.
The Forum was a site of five events in the 1976 Summer Olympics: Gymnastics, Handball (final), Basketball (final), Volleyball (final), and Boxing (final). The gymnastics event included Nadia Comaneci’s famous perfect 10, the first in Olympic history.
After the Canadiens had left the Forum, it was completely gutted and converted into a downtown entertainment centre called the Pepsi Forum, consisting of an AMC multiplex theatre, shops and restaurants. Centre ice has been recreated in the centre of the complex complete with a small section of the grandstand, along with a statue of a fan leaning forward in delight, while original seats are used as benches throughout the complex. A statue of Maurice Richard can be found next to the grandstand. The Atwater Street entrance has a large bronze Montreal Canadiens logo surrounded by 24 bronze Stanley Cup banners cemented into the sidewalk. Inscribed in French are the words “forever proud”. The entire building is themed after the Forum’s storied history with special emphasis on the Montreal Canadiens. The building was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1997.
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