There’s no time to waste, so put the pedal to the metal with one of the city’s most events to return to Montréal: The Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada, one of the city’s biggest single sporting events ever since it first took place in 1961, is returning at full speed. From June 17 to 19, fans are expected to pack the stands around the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve to watch 20 F1 racers reach top speeds over 70 adrenaline-filled laps. Having been cancelled two years in a row due to the pandemic, the anticipation has built to a point where Canada Grand Prix promoter Francois Dumontier has considered adding extra seats for fans.
Another popular sports event has already kicked off this year: Ever since Montréal’s professional Major League Soccer franchise rebranded itself as Club de Foot Montréal, or CF Montréal, fans have been flocking in to watch the action at the Saputo Stadium in the Olympic Park, built on the former track and field practice site of the 1976 Summer Games with the soccer stadium’s west side having a close-up view of the Olympic Stadium’s majestic inclined tower. 17 of their 34 games this season will be home games, are there are two worth noting: A home game of classic Montréal-Toronto rivalry on July 16, and the last home game taking place against D.C. United on October 1.
Speaking of sports at the Olympic Stadium, the once-postponed Monster Spectacular XXVI is roaring to back to life on April 9 with 14 monster trucks, freestyle and backflipping motocross performances, ATV races, open-class side-by-side racing, and more. If that’s not enough, Canada's biggest action sports festival JACKALOPE is returning with its unique combination of skateboarding, base jumping, BMX, rock climbing, and—believe it or not—even more from August 19 to 21.
The Olympic Stadium isn’t the only sports complex teeming with excitement. The city’s beloved professional football team the Montreal Alouettes will once again tackle CFL challengers who come to Percival-Molson Memorial Stadium from May 28 to October 29. With a promising bunch of newly signed players joining returning players and extended contracts, the Als’ chances for their eighth Grey Cup win looks more promising than ever.
Then there’s the Montreal Canadiens: While the city’s iconic team has experienced hardships in its 2021-2022 season with the absences of goalie Carey Price, captain and defenseman Shea Weber and defenseman Joel Edmundson and they won’t be making the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they’ll play to the bitter end. Nothing will ever quite compare to watching Habs hockey on a Saturday night, especially when there are highly anticipated matches like one last bout against Toronto on April 9. For a true taste of the red, white and blue excitement around the team, watch for when they’ll take to the ice for the 2022-2023 season.
As much as hockey is hotly anticipated in Montréal, tennis fans are in a league of their own when it comes to the National Bank Open that takes place at the IGA Stadium from August 5 to 14. Few things get as tense as the high stakes of those matches that send aces, deuces and volleys speeding across the courts of this major tournament. The calibre of this year’s athletes is increasingly exponentially as the event welcomes athletes from Women's Tennis Association.
Finally, the Distrix Festival of urban culture, arts and sports is bringing the hoops and half-court of FIBA 3x3 Basketball World Tour back from September 2 to 4 to the foot of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, where the tour’s signature 10-minute games turn heads with some of the world’s best 3x3 ballers playing matches in addition to dunk and shoot-out competitions. Having captured spectators’ hearts and minds since 3x3 made its debut at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, Montréal is among the 12 city stops to take place before the finals in Abu Dhabi.