Lucky bell moves to Big O for Montreal Impact season opener

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Impact bell moves to Olympic stadium
WATCH ABOVE: To celebrate the Montreal Impact's home opener, a group of fans have moved the large victory bell, which they ring after every goal, from Saputo to the Olympic Stadium. Global's Billy Shields reports – Mar 8, 2016

MONTREAL – It weighs 1,500 pounds and has a concrete base that weighs almost four tonnes, but the Montreal Impact haven’t lost while it’s rung.

The “North Star” church bell is the brainchild of Sonia Busnardo and Anthony Lizzi, a couple who are the principal organizers of a supporter group known as 1642, named after the city’s founding.

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“The team said ‘we don’t know how we’re going to install this, but it’s a great idea,'” Lizzi said.

“The team said ‘it’s wacky, it’s fantastic. It’s off the wall.'”

On Tuesday afternoon, team workers moved the bell from the stands of Stade Saputo to a new home at Olympic Stadium in anticipation of the team’s home opener against the New York Red Bulls.

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Fans argued the Impact have not been defeated at games where the bell’s been rung.

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Lizzi and Busnardo bought it from a dealer in the U.S. and said it came from a church in Ohio.

The bell will return to Stade Saputo for the team’s first game there April 23.

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