Toronto Soccer Fans to Relaunch

The more observant among you may have noticed that Toronto Soccer Fans has been dormant for some time.
Various work/life changes have meant that there was insufficient time to keep this site updated to the extent that it deserved.

The Home game on Saturday was an opener in more ways than one. An Eye Opener. The passion of the crowd was fanstastic to see, and was reflected by most of the team. I am shortly relaunching this site as a suitable complement to that.

Check back soon, and any suggestions can be sent via the contact form

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A summary of BMO Field news

Wed 20th Dec, 2006 1:20pm - news

Stories Relating to BMO Field, including that the Toronto Maple Leafs want to play an open air game.

The Argos may not be playing in BMO Stadium, but the Leafs are interested in the prospect of a game there in the open air next winter. Richard Peddie, CEO of MLSEL, has clearly decided that the congomerate should make full use of their new-found, albeit rented home. "We haven't signed off on it yet, but it would be a special event for a new stadium and put it on the map" he stated, suggesting New Years Day 2008 as the proposed date. The logistics of the whole thing are immense, to say nothing of the minimal capacity compared to hosting such an event at the Skydome (Rogers Centre), but one other factor has to look a little suspect based on this year - will it be cold enough?

Also in stadium news, although the seating is pretty much all in, and the stadium itself is coming along nicely, suggestions from the club that the turf may be going down this week have been denied. When I dropped by earlier today the site foreman claimed ignorance of any date for now, as the construction crew onsite is not related to the FieldTurf company fitters. This was confirmed by Business Operations Director Paul Beirne (mlsintoronto is his forum 'nick), who made this simple statement on the U-Sector forum: "it will be the spring...turf-watch 2006 is over.".

Following in the tradition of quality journalism (!) I will end with a humourous 'and finally'. The justification for BMO Field being funded by tax dollars was largely based on the hosting of the FIFA World Youth Championships in Canada. The ground itself is located within the bounds of Exhibition Place which is for most of the year a ghosttown - a creepy shell of carparks and abandoned 'EX' hotdog stands. It holds two major events every year, the EX and the Champ Car 'Grand Prix of Toronto' (formerly Molson Indy), so you wouldn't imagine that it was too much of a problem to give the go-ahead to the tourney, and make a quick glance at the barren schedule to see all was ok. Except that somebody forgot to do that. July 8th sees both the final day of the 'Indy' as well as a grand first-round pairing of matches in the FIFA tournament. There is all of an hour between the two events to get 70,000 drunken race fans out of the area, and bring in up to 20,000 footy fans. Deputy Mayor and Exhibition Place chair Joe Pantalone had this piece of organisational wisdom to clarify the precise logistics of how such a thing will happen: "Don't worry, be happy because it is all going to work out". I hope the stewards are getting paid double.