As the finishing touches were being completed on a two-year renovation project of BMO Field, the stadium has officially reopened on May 6 ahead of Toronto FC’s home opener the next day. The two-phase, $150 million project transforms BMO Field into a world-class, multi-purpose stadium that will be home to TFC, the Toronto Argonauts and premier outdoor events like the 2016 Grey Cup and the inaugural NHL Centennial Classic
The second phase of the renovation project, which began in September, 2015, saw the construction of a canopy to cover the east, west and south grandstands, new football locker rooms, changes to accommodate a CFL field and the addition of a new sound and lighting system.
“To build MLSE’s vision of a world-class sports and entertainment venue, PCL brought together an expert team of partners to deliver an aggressive two-year revitalization of BMO Field,” said Bruce Sonnenberg, vice-president and district manager for PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto). “A marvel of innovative engineering and steel, we take great pride in knowing that our collective efforts will provide an enhanced fan and player experience for the City of Toronto, and we congratulate all partners and workers involved in this achievement.”
“The two-year renovation of BMO Field is an important investment in our teams, our fans and the entire city of Toronto,” said MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum. “This project not only gives Toronto FC one of the best stadiums in Major League Soccer but it also provided a world-class home for one of our city’s sports treasures, the Toronto Argonauts. This facility will continue to boost Toronto’s reputation as one of the premier sports and entertainment markets in the world and will play an important role in our championship aspirations.”
The first phase of renovations to BMO Field took place from September, 2014 to May, 2015 and saw the stadium expanded to a seating capacity of 30,000 with a new second deck added to the east grandstands, new suites, private clubs, concession stands and a new HD video board in the north end.
“BMO Field is an important gathering place for sports fans in Toronto, and the new renovations have turned this great venue on the Exhibition Place grounds into a truly world-class facility,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “The renovation project is a great example of what we can accomplish together as community partners. I’m confident the stadium will be home to many memorable moments in our city’s history.“
Originally opened in April, 2007, BMO Field is home to the Canadian Soccer Association as the national soccer stadium.