Sports in Montreal have played a major role of the city’s history. Montreal is best known for being home to the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League, which are currently the city’s only team in the Big Four sports leagues.
Other professional teams in Montreal include the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League and the Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer.
Montreal is also well known for hosting the annual Formula One Canadian Grand Prix, the NASCAR Nationwide Series NAPA Auto Parts 200, and the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series Montreal 200.
In the past, Montreal has also hosted many world-renowned sporting events, namely the 1976 Summer Olympics. It was also home to the Montreal Expos of Major League Baseball from 1969 to the 2004 season.
|Montreal Canadiens||NHL||Ice hockey||Bell Centre||1909||24|
|Montreal Alouettes||CFL||Football||Percival Molson Memorial Stadium|
|Montreal Impact||MLS||Soccer||Saputo Stadium||1992||3*|
|Montreal Canadiennes||Canadian Women’s Hockey League||Ice hockey||Place Bell|
Bell Sports Complex
Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard
|Quebec Caribou||RCSL||Rugby union||Dollard-des-Ormeaux||1998||0|
|Quebec Saints||AFL Quebec||Australian rules football||Vanier College||2008||2|
|Montreal Shamrocks GAC||Canadian GAA||Gaelic Football, Hurling||Parc De La Verendrye||1948||5|
|Montreal Blitz||IWFL||Football||Dalbé Viau High School||2002||2|
|Montreal Royal||AUDL||Ultimate Frisbee||Percival Molson Stadium||2014||0|
Montreal’s off-island suburb of Boisbriand is home to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
Although university football has long been popular with Anglo Montrealers, who support the McGill Redmen and Concordia Stingers, enthusiastic Francophone crowds also enjoy the Université de Montréal’s Carabins.
Of the 300,000 spectators at the F1 race, 25 percent are from outside of Quebec. The Formula One event is responsible for $84 million in economic benefits and the province will collect more than $9 million in additional tax revenues every year because of the race.
Montreal was the home of a major league baseball team, the Montreal Expos, named after the 1967 World’s Fair, and began playing in the National League from 1969. On July 13, 1982, Montreal hosted the first Major League Baseball All-Star Game outside the United States. However, due to low attendance and other financial factors, the team moved to Washington, D.C. in 2005, where it was renamed the Washington Nationals.
A two-game MLB exhibition pre-season series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets were played on March 28–29, 2014 at Olympic Stadium in front of sold-out crowds. This proved to be very popular with Montrealers, and the series has been repeated every spring since that time, with the Blue Jays (as the home team) hosting the Cincinnati Reds in 2015, the Boston Red Sox in 2016, the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2017, the St. Louis Cardinals in 2018, and the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019. (On March 23 and 24, 2020 the Blue Jays were scheduled to host the New York Yankees at Olympic Stadium but the two-game series were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.) All six of the two-game series were played in an attempt to gauge the city’s interest in a revived Expos franchise. The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is also actively working on building a new stadium downtown and bringing back a major league baseball team to Montreal.
However, Montreal hast established itself as a popular place for NBA preseason games. On October 22, 2010, the Bell Centre hosted the first pre-season National Basketball Association (NBA) game between the Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks. This was followed by further games on October 19, 2012, when they faced the New York Knicks, October 20, 2013, when the Boston Celtics played against the Minnesota Timberwolves, October 24, 2014, when the Toronto Raptors played against the New York Knicks, October 23, 2015, when the Toronto Raptors played against the Washington Wizards, and October 10, 2018, when the Toronto Raptors played against the Brooklyn Nets. All six games were held at the Bell Centre and were sold out. They were played in an attempt to gauge the city’s interest in a full-time team.
Montreal is considered a possible future location for an NBA team.
Montreal is one of the Canadian candidate cities to host matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
AFL Quebec Men’s League consists of four clubs, the West Island Wooders, Laval Bombers, Montreal Demons, and Old Montreal Dockers while the newly expanded Women’s League also consists of four clubs, the NDG Devils and the Plateau Eagles from Montreal and the Carleton Warriors and Rideau Shamrocks from Ottawa.
Like most leagues outside of Australia, AFL Quebec is a nine a side league in both the men and the women. This is for numerous reasons, including but not limited to local player development and field availability. AFL Quebec plays the vast majority of its regular and final series games at Vanier College.
The AFL Quebec Regular Season runs over nine rounds from mid-May until early September. This is followed by finals in mid to late September, with three rounds of finals for the men and two rounds of finals for the women’s.
AFL Quebec has both representative Men’s and Women’s 18 a side teams. These teams are known as the Quebec Saints, Montreal Angels and Ottawa Lady Swans respectively. They compete against other 18 a side representative team across Canada and North America. Generally these games occur a handful number of times over a season either in one off games or more commonly at invitational tournament. Such a tournament is the AFL Quebec Women’s Tournament held early May every year.
In golf, the Royal Montreal Golf Club on Île Bizard has been an occasional venue for the Canadian Open on the PGA Tour, most recently in 2001. The Montreal Championship, an event on PGA Tour Champions for golfers 50 and older, was launched in 2010 and is hosted by Club de Golf Fontainebleu in the suburb of Blainville.
Montreal has also hosted multiple professional wrestling events, most notably the WWE Survivor Series on November 9, 1997, where the infamous Montreal Screwjob took place.
The most important sporting event in Montreal’s history was when Montreal played host to the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Montreal hosted the ICF Flatwater Racing World Championships in 1986.
In July 2005 Montreal hosted the 11th FINA World Aquatics Championships.
In 2006, Montreal was expected to attract some 16,000 LGBT athletes, who will participate in the first-ever GLISA World Outgames. The Outgames are being hailed as the largest international event in the city of Montreal since the 1976 Olympics.
In addition to a network of parks that include le Parc du Mont-Royal, on the mountain’s side, Montreal offers five beaches around the island for recreational activities: Cap St. Jacques Nature Park, Bois-de-L’Ile Bizard Nature Park, Jean Drapeau Park Beach, Pointe Calumet Beach Club and Oka Beach. The Quebec Ministry of Environment tests the beaches for pollutants, on a scale from “A” to “D”.
|Gilles Villeneuve Circuit||100,000|
|Hippodrome de Montréal||25,000||Horse Racing|
|Bell Centre||21,273||Montreal Canadiens|
|Île Sainte-Hélène Aquatic Complex||XI Fina World Championships|
|Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard||9,500|
|FC Montreal||United Soccer League||Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard||2015–2016||0|
|Montreal Jazz||NBL Canada||Centre Pierre Charbonneau||2012–2013||0|
|Montreal Expos||Major League Baseball||Olympic Stadium||1969–2004||0|
|Montreal Impact||North American Soccer League||Saputo Stadium||1992–2011||3|
|Montreal Royals||International League||Delorimier Stadium||1929–1960||2|
|Montreal Junior Hockey Club||Quebec Major Junior Hockey League||Verdun Auditorium||2008–2011||0|
|Montreal Dragons||National Basketball League||Verdun Auditorium||1993–1994||0|
|Montreal Matrix||American Basketball Association||Centre Pierre Charbonneau||2005–2008||0|
|Montreal Sasquatch||Premier Basketball League||Centre Pierre Charbonneau||2008–2009||0|
|Montreal Machine||World League of American Football||1991–1992||0|
|Montreal Concordes||Canadian Football League||Olympic Stadium||1982–1985|
1986 as the Montreal Alouettes
|Montreal Rocket||Quebec Major Junior Hockey League||Bell CentreMaurice Richard Arena||1999–2003||0|
|Montreal Roadrunners||Roller Hockey International||Montreal Forum||1994–1995||0|
|Montreal Voyageurs||American Hockey League||1969–1971||0|
|Montreal Maroons||National Hockey League||Montreal Forum||1924–1938||2|
|Montreal Wanderers||National Hockey League||1903–1918||7|
|Montreal Shamrocks||Amateur Hockey Association||1896–1898||2|
|Canadian Amateur Hockey League||1898–1905|
|Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association||1905–1909|
|Canadian Hockey Association||1909–1910|
|National Hockey Association||1909–1910|
|Montreal Express||National Lacrosse League||Bell Centre||2001–2002||0|
|Montreal Supra||Canadian Soccer League||1988–1992||0|
|Montreal Manic||North American Soccer League||Olympic Stadium||1981–1983||0|
|Montreal Axion||National Women’s Hockey League||Centre Étienne Desmarteau||1998–2007||1|
|Montreal Jofa Titan||National Women’s Hockey League||Ed Meagher Arena on Concordia University campus||1998–99||0|
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