Montreal Impact FAQ

Q: How can I contact the Montreal Impact for information?

By phone: 514-328-3668 or from outside Canada: 1-866-955-4672
By fax: 514-328-1287
By email: infomls@impactmontreal.com

Q: How can I buy season tickets for the Montreal Impact’s 2011 season?

You can purchase season tickets by contacting the Montreal Impact’s sales team at 514-328-3668 or by visiting impactmontreal.com.

Q: What is MLS?

Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, sanctioned by the FIFA as Division 1. “Division 1” designation is nothing less than the world soccer reference that identifies the major circuit in a country. It is the highest level of soccer played in North America. In 2010, the league includes 16 teams divided in two associations (East and West), which play a 30-match season from March to October. Eight teams advance to the playoffs that end in November and compete to win the MLS Cup. In 2011, there will be 18 teams with the arrival of Vancouver and Portland.

Q: Why does the Impact want to join MLS?

It is the next logical step in the Montreal Impact’s progression as a professional soccer club. The team has always shown its interest in playing at the highest level possible of the sport. Moreover, it is the best way to promote soccer in Quebec and in the rest of the country, as well as to motivate young local players to reach the pinnacle of the sport while remaining in Quebec.

Q: Are tickets currently on sale?

Not yet. Fans will get the chance to secure an option to purchase season tickets with a $50 deposit per ticket.

Q: If I register on the priority list, will I then be required to purchase 2012 season tickets?

No, you will not be required to purchase season tickets, though you will be renouncing to your reservation privilege. But your deposit is non-refundable

Q: Will ticket prices increase when the Impact joins MLS?

Although a price increase will be very likely, the Impact wishes to maintain its trademark of great accessibility and to this effect, its intention is to remain the most affordable professional sports team in Montreal. The value of this increase is yet to be determined.

Q: What will be the price of tickets?

Ticket prices will be announced at a later date. However, we can as of now confirm that with the increase in stadium seat capacity from 13,000 to more than 20, 000, the organization will be able to double its ticket offer in the affordable seats category. The 2012 season ticket price will start at $300.

Q: Will current season ticket holders have priority on the purchase of MLS season tickets?

Yes. Click on RESERVE NOW for further information.

Q: Why are there only 5,000 spots available on the priority list?

To offer superior choice to Montreal Impact season ticket holders and to people registered on the priority list, so that they can benefit from a better seat selection.

Q: Why has the Montreal Impact requested a $23 million grant from the provincial government?

This grant request has been made to increase the seating capacity of Saputo Stadium from 13,000 to more than 20,000 seats, which is one of the criteria to evolve within the MLS circuit. Phase 1 of the stadium’s construction was 100% financed by the Saputo family at the cost of $17 million. In order to carry through phase 2 and to ensure the necessary upgrade, the Montreal Impact needs an approximate 60% contribution from the Government of Quebec to cover the total construction costs of $40 million, which accounts for the $23 million government grant.

Moreover, the financing packages of the cities that have recently obtained an MLS franchise reveal a common denominator: these organizations have all benefitted from major public funding for their infrastructures, which enabled them to only need to pay out the franchise rights required by MLS. For instance, Toronto obtained $66 million from the federal, provincial and municipal governments for a $76 million stadium; in Vancouver, the B.C. Place will be renovated for the sum of $328 million of public monies; Portland also relies on the sum of $85 million US of public funding to bring their project to term.

In order to continue promoting the development of professional sports in Montreal, Saputo Stadium requires an investment comparable to the funding injected for football at Percival-Molson Stadium and for tennis at Uniprix Stadium. This investment has enabled the expansion and modernization of their facilities.

Q: When will Saputo Stadium renovations begin?

Once the official confirmation will be announced, we will be able to communicate the exact date for the start of renovations. Expansion works could start either after the 2010 season or after the 2011 season.

Q: Is MLS the league in which David Beckham plays?

Yes, David Beckham plays with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Each team may have on their lineup a designated player whose salary is not included in the aggregate player earnings. Other great players also evolve within the ranks of MLS: Juan Pablo Angel, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Freddie Ljungberg, Landon Donovan, Dwayne De Rosario and Jaime Moreno.

Q: Can MLS be considered a superior circuit compared to the league in which the Impact currently plays?

Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, sanctioned by the FIFA as Division 1. It is therefore the summit of the soccer pyramid in North America.

Q: Will the Impact keep its branding, including the name “Impact” and its 3 championship stars, once the leap will be made in MLS?

At the present moment, the organization’s intention is to maintain its name and global team image.

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