- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 20, 2008
- 8 Comments
- BMO Field, Stadium Talk
I’ve gotten several emails about this article in the Globe and Mail today about BMO Field possibly being expanded in the coming year. Thanks to those who spotted this article today and sent it over.
Anyways, as the article states that the whole process is in some early stages but a possible boost in seating capacity from 30,000 seats from 20,000, officials confirmed yesterday. Nothing will be final until later this year on the deal as how the project will be paid for is still up in the air a bit.
“Our ultimate goal is not to change the experience that exists today,” said Bob Hunter, executive vice-president of venues and entertainment for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., which manages the facility for the city and owns the Major League Soccer team. “If we thought it was going to change the experience we have today, we would not be recommending to go ahead.”
He added “we have a lot of work to do” before making any recommendation.
When you begin to sell out on season tickets like Toronto FC has done over the last two years, it only makes sense to start thinking about such an expansion to the stadium.
Initial design work is under way by MLSE on how to add 10,000 seats for soccer games, either retractable or removable. Also under consideration are changes that would lure the Toronto Argonauts football team away from the Rogers Centre.
That last sentence may be an issue for some Toronto supporters. I won’t go into the details of that but it still sounds like BMO Field will be a shared stadium before long with the CFL’s Argonauts. Adding more seats to the stadium will make it easier for that to take place.
The thing is this stadium is making money like no other so it makes perfect sense for the city of Toronto and MLSE to get on board as soon as possible in expanding this place.
Will it hurt Toronto FC crowds in the future if the stadium is at 30,000 and not the cozy 20,000? I don’t know. I think it will be a bit different but I do think it will still be a packed house for this club even during some tough seasons like their expansion year. But with the way things are going with this club now, I wouldn’t be shocked that the fortress that is BMO Field to still be that when it is bigger.