Toronto FC's Facelift Goes Beyond the Product on the Pitch

By: Taylor Keefe - Oct 29, 2015
References: torontofc & bmofield
Toronto FC is headed to the MLS playoffs for the first time in the team's nine year history, and fans couldn't be more excited. It's been an incredible season for the Reds, capped off with star forward Sebastian Giovinco winning the league's Golden Boot award for top scorer. And while the product on the pitch has been a season-long thrill to watch, Toronto FC's fans have been equally impressed with the new-look BMO Field.

BMO Field has been home turf for the Reds since they first stepped on it in 2007. This season it completed a slew of renovations that not only upgraded the stadium but made it a world-class facility that both fans and players have been raving about. The renovations include:

• Additional 8,400 seats in the East Grandstand
• New, larger full HD video screen
• New concourse on the second level
• Expansion of Rogers Club – 500 capacity increased to 750
• Improved food & beverage and washroom facilities throughout the clubs and stadium
• New standing room areas
• Two new private clubs
• 16 new suites (including two large party suites and one large loge suite)

And the stadium upgrades don't stop there. By next year they hope to install a full size canopy covering almost all seats, as well as a brand new sound and lighting system.

After touring the facility earlier this year, it was clear where the need for renovations came from.. Apparently Tim Leiweke, former CEO and President of MLSE (owners of Toronto FC) was a catalyst in bringing change to BMO Field. It was implied that Mr. Leiweke wanted a world-class facility to match the product the team was putting on the pitch and to align with MLSE's flagship venue, the Air Canada Centre, which is home to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors. And while Mr. Leiweke is no longer with MLSE or Toronto FC, his fingerprints remain all over the team and the stadium.

Toronto FC looks to win its first-ever playoff match tonight against the Montreal Impact at 7pm EST.