Between 1996 and 2001, Montreal was home to an indoor multi-sport facility called Le TAZ. After its doors were closed in 2001, a group of administrators- including Paula Barsetti et Michel Comeau- dedicated efforts in finding a new location for a new facility.
After many years of consultations, potential site searches, and working with the three levels of government including the City Of Montreal, it has been announced that there will be a ground breaking this March.
The facility will feature an indoor 200-meter flat track. A future expansion of the TAZ may allow for a F.I.R.S. regulation banked track to be added to the multi sport facility.
The TAZ, which will be built on a site near Papineau Street and ‘La Métropolitaine’ highway, will lay claim to being part of Montreal’s 2nd biggest park. [Le TAZ website]
Currently, Canada’s only dedicated roller speed skating venue is a 200-meter outdoor banked track at the Canada Inline Training Center in Harriston, Ontario- about 1 1/2 hours north-east of Toronto.