Olympics 1976

Archive Report

XXI Summer Games in Montreal

Problem of Completing Montreal Facilities

The city of montreal, where the XXI Summer Olympics are to begin July 17, has faced a herculean task in preparing for the Olympic Games. Even now, a major question is: Will the Olympic facilities be completed on time? Widespread inflation, large cost overruns and severe labor problems over the last three years combined to put the city far behind its construction schedule. The provincial government of Quebec took over responsibility for construction last November and embarked on a crash program.

A financial transfusion from the province seems to have assured that the Games will begin on time. But the total cost has risen to about $1.4-billion, so far above original estimates of $100-million that there have ...

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