BMO Field (National Soccer Stadium)
|400 (Covered seats)|
|Inauguration||28/04/2007 (Toronto FC - Kansas Wizards 0-1)|
|Record attendance||22,453 (Toronto FC - Los angeles Galaxy, 13/04/2011)|
|Cost||C$69 million (2007), C$150 million (2016)|
|Design||Brisbin Brooks Beynon Architects (2007), Gensler (2016)|
|Address||170 Princes Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M6K 3C3|
Description: BMO Field
Initially the new stadium for Toronto was to be built at York University campus, however the university backed out in 2005. This is when it was decided that Exhibition Place, the home of four stadiums over a century (last one destroyed in 1999), was selected as the desired plot.
Construction of the new arena was launched in 2006 and after just over a year the stadium was opened. During planning called simply the National Soccer Stadium, it received a sponsored name of BMO Field already during construction.
Simple structure of steel prefabricated elements received a finishing of light bricks on the outside. With three stands the stadium enabled a quick expansion, which happened already in 2010 with a new northern section added.
In 2014 a two-phased redevelopment took place, seeing the addition of an upper tier above the east stand. This increased capacity to over 30,000. Then in 2016 roof was added, based on tall pillars in each corner. With this move, the stadium gained much better conditions for viewing games in Toronto’s climate.
Although intended to serve also non-sporting events, the stadium held its only concert to date back in 2007, remaining the football heart of Toronto. Besides Toronto FC games it also served for other MLS games, national team’s fixtures and international friendlies.
Toronto: Canada’s national football stadium reopened
It’s only been several hours since BMO Field in Toronto is back into operation after its biggest expansion project ever. Now covered, the stands welcomed 30,025 people last night.
Toronto: Third roof raised, naming rights signed
On Sunday the last crucial part of BMO Field redevelopment was delivered, while today future of naming rights got sealed with new deal by BMO.
Toronto: Roof over BMO Field arriving from Montreal
After adding a second tier, now PCL is building a large roof over the fixed seating of BMO Field. Huge prefabricated beams are transported to Toronto all the way from Montreal.
Toronto: BMO Field ready for re-opening
Modest ceremony today, much greater celebrations on Sunday – that’s the plan for BMO Field’s re-launch into operation. Now it’s the largest soccer-specific stadium in Canada.
Toronto: BMO Field expansion needs more time and money
Works on the national soccer stadium of Canada are delayed and will be more expensive than anticipated. But reopening on May 10 isn’t threatened.
Toronto: Last tread of the eastern grandstand in place
On Friday the very last precast tread of the eastern upper deck was installed. From May on the stand will open 8,400 new seats for Toronto FC supporters.
New construction: BMO Stadium
Canadian soccer’s national stadium is undergoing its first major redevelopment, beginning with the east side’s expansion. By 2016 the ground should be very “English”.
Toronto: Revamp starts, new images promise European look
Canada’s national football stadium will soon change. And really soon, within half a year 8,400 new seats will be added. Then in 2016 it’s going to turn into a really “Euopean” building.
Toronto: Confusion over Argonauts at BMO Field
With no funding from public authorities the redevelopment of BMO Field has changed its main focus for the time being. Some media claim this means Argonauts are out of the scheme, but the investor denies.
Toronto: City approves $10 million for BMO Field
Yesterday's decision by the city council is a major step forwards and makes the secured financing increase to $100 million of the $120 million expected to expand BMO Field.
Toronto: New details on BMO Field expansion
While the project is to be privately funded, 25% of required resources are expected to come from public authorities. CFL side Argonauts are expected to take up a long-term lease, though remaining a secondary tenant.
New design: BMO Field expansion plans
The national football stadium of Canada awaits expansion. With 30,000 permanent and covered seats, it’s supposed to exceed MLS standards. For special events even 40,000 may be allowed inside.
Toronto: “We’re going to spend $120 million to build an English Premier stadium”
It seems BMO Field is about to grow, providing that Toronto FC owners convince the city to approve of the upgrade. Not only 50% bigger, the stadium would get a new roof and possibly a new tenant, this time in American football.