One more lost dream
(of mine) for Toronto:
Major League Soccer's
BMO Field in Toronto is now being heavily considered as the CFL Argonauts' next
home. I believe that this will be a huge
Forget having another
venue of colour clash - after the initially purple/red/grey of the
basketball-first Air Canada Centre was [OF COURSE] shared with the Maple Leafs
hockey team. There is no appetite for
mixed use pro sports venues anymore.
1) A playing surface
with unwanted lines of both sports at once.
2) Low seats. I think Rogers Centre was great - except that
its front row(s) seats ended up getting tarped over. This pushed their live crowd away from the
game itself - and it showed badly via television. What happened is that every lower-bowl only
CFL crowd of 20,000 to 30,000 always looked like 2,000 or 3,000 sitting at a
remote distance. Fun? Wow.
There are simply too many football personnel standing throughout their
sidelines for low-to-the-ground seating rows.
Look around and notice how many NFL fields have their front rows both up
close and yet approximately 7 or 8 feet into the air.
Location. The Skydome was really a
suburban fan's dream house. Take the
commuter train or subway and you are right there! BMO Field requires either a streetcar trip,
after the train /subway or else a drive into the downtown city. Excuse my Inner Toronna opinion: but if I
lived in, say, Brampton or Pickering - I aint driving into the deep downtown
core unless needs-be. I say this for
Hamilton too. And I aint adding yet
another public transit vehicle to my funtime weekend or evening trip, neither.
A 40,000 football
only stadium - shared with ALL THREE of Toronto's Universities (or two, if
Ryerson doesn't have a team, plus not directly within any one campus area).
A location at the
Downview Park area. Reasonably outer
core 401 highway access for fans who drive in - from all directions surrounding
Toronto. Directly commutable by subway
and inner-city public bus routes.
Downsview is also fairly reachable by football fans from within the
city. (Try going to the Woodbine horse
races without a car - in either hot or cold weather.)
I will assume that
most regular attending soccer fans reside west of the DVP highway and rarely
farther away than the 427-to-Gardiner highway adjacent suburbs of Mississauga
and Woodbridge. Do a lot of German
Canadians from Kitchener, or East Asian Canucks from Markham, make the MLS
gameday trip to the 25,000 seat waterfront BMO Field? CFL fans, meanwhile, might reside as much
from Barrie to London to Peterborough, as well as the entire greater Toronto
IMO: The defaulted
return to a CNE modified (compromise) stadium is a literal return to a 40/30 year
regression of impeded professional sports presentation. Only this time around the expected fan
commutes, both public or private, within and outside of Toronto, is well past
being a nightmare. S. Ontario and
Toronto was a whole lot 'smaller' a full generation ago.
Labels: 2014-jfm, Cda, education, local, sports