1. It Cost Quebec Taxpayers a Fortune
Montreal wasn’t ready to host the Olympics in 1976. “We had to organize the biggest sporting event despite not having the experience,” recalls Laurent Godbout, executive director of the Quebec Track and Field Federation. “It was extremely difficult because there was no technical knowledge.” The legacy of Canada’s inaugural hosting duties isn’t exactly flattering. The infamous Olympic Stadium-considered one of the world’s most expensive stadiums-is still plagued with financial woes (it was paid off in 2006, but constantly requires maintenance due to endless tears in the roof).