Kuki - FYI- The correct spelling is Big Owe. Billions of cigarettes and lotto tickets later, it is still less than half paid for. Good thing Quebeckers in general smoke and gamble up a storm............
The wires you see in the photo are known locally as Jacques Straps, or French athletic supporters, and they keep the roof on the place, well at least most of the time they do.
Also, it resembles the world's biggest toilet bowl, with a nuclear-powered flush. The paper this toilet uses has "security features" on it. Speaking of toilets and other smelly things, the Expos play there (when they're not masquerading as the San Juan Expos).
Just 1 month to go until the "Cruise Cynic Mystery Cruise" ... January 2008
Well, Kuki wins the solid gold, 100% plastic ship-on-a-stick, for being the first to correctly identify the "Big O" in Montreal. That wonderful structure in the picture is part of the Olympic Stadium, built for the 76 Summer Olympics, and 28 years later, still not paid for. The cables you see connect it to the ridiculous kevlar roof that has had more holes and leaks than Swiss cheese, and looks suspiciously like an inflated UFO (maybe Mike had something there....) And CruisecCynic is right, the Montreal Expos play there when they're not in San Juan.
I took the picture last week while visiting the Botanical Gardens across the street. The daycare kids said it looked like a "chimney falling down". I have to admit, from where I was standing, it looked to me like the back end of a cruise ship - or maybe that was just wishful thinking.....sigh*