Olympic Stadium, home of the Montreal Expos, was declared safe to reopen by the Quebec government yesterday.
The troubled stadium was closed Sept. 13, when a 55-ton block of concrete dropped from its side, forcing the Expos to play their final home games on the road.
The stadium will be back in operation in time for an auto show Jan. 9.
The board plans a massive advertising campaign across North America to reassure the public that the stadium is safe to visit.
* MARINERS: A proposed deal between Seattle owner Jeff Smulyan and King County would allow the franchise to move if efforts to boost its revenues fall short, according to published reports.
The proposal was presented to county executive Tim Hill by Smulyan and Mariners lawyers on Wednesday, the Seattle Times said, citing unnamed sources.
A committee headed by former Seattle Seahawks part-owner Herman Sarkowsky is attempting to boost business and other support for the team by $13 million a year over three years. The committee was to present Smulyan with the package yesterday, but is seeking more time to meet the goal.
Smulyan said he would want something in return for that time, the Seattle Times reported -- an end to legal threats by King County attorneys if the Mariners move.