Follow us:

Sounders FC

Daily coverage of Seattle Sounders FC, MLS and world soccer.

March 21, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Sounders’ road game Saturday postponed to Sunday due to snow in Montreal

The Montreal Impact has announced that Saturday’s game against Sounders FC has been postponed to 1 p.m. Sunday due to heavy snow expected in the area. The new start time is also weather permitting.

The game will now be aired on JOEtv and not Q13 FOX.

The roof at Olympic Stadium, the supposed indoor solution for winter home games, can only hold about an inch of snow, but Saturday’s forecast calls for about 4 to 6 inches.

Impact officials said they were confident earlier in the week that the game would be able to go on as scheduled, but obviously that wasn’t the case. Here is an explanation from the news release:

Please keep in mind that events schedule for the main area of Olympic Stadium are permitted only if the three following conditions are all met:

1.     At 24 hours before game time, no snow over 3cm or frozen rain over 3mm is expected for the duration of the event;

2.     No accumulation of snow on the roof equivalent to 5 tons or accumulative weight on the suspension cables;

3.     And, if there is no ice accumulation on the façade of the Tour or on its suspension cables.

Respecting these procedural conditions is for the safety of all spectators and employees at Olympic Stadium during an event in the main area.

These procedures, a direct result of the state of the roof at Olympic Stadium, have been established in conjunction with the Régie du bâtiment du Québec and under its approval. All promoters who hold events at Olympic Stadium are aware of these procedures and abide by the regulations.

Keep in mind that this is the first event to be postponed out of 21 held during the winter months since 1999, based on the procedural guidelines of the time.

| More in Sounders FC

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►