BMO Field To Expand?

BMO Field To Expand?

  • 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.

  • Sean

    The problem is the Argos. Let's face it, NO soccer fans want them in there. Actually, TFC supporter's are protesting by wearing all black at the All-Star game. If they can find a way to add 10k seats without making it a football stadium (say, put seats in the north end and double-deck the south and east), then I'm all for it.

  • Sean

    The problem is the Argos. Let’s face it, NO soccer fans want them in there. Actually, TFC supporter’s are protesting by wearing all black at the All-Star game. If they can find a way to add 10k seats without making it a football stadium (say, put seats in the north end and double-deck the south and east), then I’m all for it.

  • Mike

    Yes. I agree with Sean and many other TFC supporters. NOBODY WANTS THE ARGOS AT BMO FIELD. The Argos should stay at the Rogers Centre and if they come to BMO Field, O BOY! TFC Fans will protest A LOT!

  • Mike

    Yes. I agree with Sean and many other TFC supporters. NOBODY WANTS THE ARGOS AT BMO FIELD. The Argos should stay at the Rogers Centre and if they come to BMO Field, O BOY! TFC Fans will protest A LOT!

  • MancityMike

    I totally agree with Sean & Mike. WE DON`T WANT THE ARGOS AT BMO FIELD…THIS IS A SOCCER SPECIFIC STADIUM…BUILD YOUR OWN STADIUM. TFC TILL I DIE.

  • MancityMike

    I totally agree with Sean & Mike. WE DON`T WANT THE ARGOS AT BMO FIELD…THIS IS A SOCCER SPECIFIC STADIUM…BUILD YOUR OWN STADIUM. TFC TILL I DIE.

  • Lee

    i could care less about sucky Tfc or the MLS but still my tax dollars were used to build their stadium. And lets face facts. The Argos are not a MLSE entity so the boatmen get bonus marks for that alone. Id welcome this, the skydome is not sufficient for any sport really and if the stadium is sitting there unused then the Argos should use it instead of using more tax dollars to build another stadium that is not needed.

  • Lee

    i could care less about sucky Tfc or the MLS but still my tax dollars were used to build their stadium. And lets face facts. The Argos are not a MLSE entity so the boatmen get bonus marks for that alone. Id welcome this, the skydome is not sufficient for any sport really and if the stadium is sitting there unused then the Argos should use it instead of using more tax dollars to build another stadium that is not needed.