So there’s rumblings that j*erk-off TFC soccer supporters may get their wish after all:
EDU TRANSFER FEE COULD MEAN NEW FIELD; TFC RELEASE ROBERT
THE CANADIAN PRESS
8/19/2008 6:10:42 PM
[i]TORONTO - Maurice Edu is headed for greener pastures with Glasgow Rangers. But the U.S. international midfielder could leave a green legacy of his own in Toronto.
Mo Johnston, director of football for Toronto FC, said Tuesday he may try to use his club's share of Edu's US$5-million transfer fee to replace the FieldTurf at BMO Field with natural grass.
"We'll make a proposal to the (MLS) board in terms of can we put it towards a practice facility. Maybe a grass field, which I think is vital and important in moving forward. Then obviously the academy," Johnston told reporters.
If the club was to replace the stadium turf, it would need to build a nearby practice facility with turf to meet commitments to the city of Toronto, which provided the stadium land in exchange in part for a year-round facility that could be used by local residents. In winter, a bubble is put over the field to allow that.
The FieldTurf at BMO Field was state of the art when installed. But many players don't like playing on turf and it has turned off some from coming to Toronto.[/i]
So if the Argos can’t get into BMO field, and are clearly miserable at Skydome, I asks ya…
… is it time to think of York again?
I mean why not? There have been some positive developments since the last plan failed. First, the Argos are in a lot better shape than they were in 2004. They’re averaging 28k+ per game, even after closing the 500 level and the subsequent rise in ticket prices. A not-so-shakey financial picture means more justification for long term investment.
I’m not all that familiar with the previous York project, but I bet the stadium became more expensive when it was decided that they would share with TFC and the CSA. With them happily ensconced in BMO, could York and the Argos save a toonie or two by building a Canadian Football Only facility (maybe with some soccer lines for York’s soccer team, but no big deal).
And finally, and most importantly, York won’t be inaccessible out in the sticks anymore. There’s a subway extension planned for the Spadina line, connecting York to the rest of the system:[url=http://www3.ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/Projects_and_initiatives/Spadina_extension/index.jsp]http://www3.ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/Projec ... /index.jsp[/url]
This would mean thousands of fans would be able to attend games without driving, helping out the traffic, parking, and drinking situations! Plus, with the big infrastructure investment that would come with a successful Pan Am bid, could that mean even more linkages?
Furthermore, the Argos have an aggressive development system coming into place with the Junior Argonauts:http://www.juniorargonauts.ca/ [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Junior_Football_League]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_J ... all_League[/url]
That means a new stadium wouldn’t only be used by the Argos, but by an up-and-coming CIS program and an expansion CJFL team. Furthermore, given the location fairly close to the intersection of the major highways in southern Ontario, the stadium could become a shrine to playoff Canadian football, at the Peewee level through highschool, OFC, and OUA.
Finally, if BMO gets grass, it’s doubtful that the stadium will ever again be a concert venue. I understand that it hasn’t fulfilled that role very well so far (was Genesis the only group that played there?) but the fact remains that there would be no competition between the venues for musical acts.
So how ‘bout it?