Toronto FC will have to find a new home this season as BMO Field has severed ties with them.
A source close to the team has told Toronto Reds that BMO Field will no longer play host to Toronto FC games. As it turns out, the renovations that were made to the stadium were meant for the Toronto Argonauts only and that it will become their permanent stadium. The move is expected to be finalized in the coming days.
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When we reached out to MLSE for comment, they were fully behind this deal while chairman Larry Tanenbaum issued this exclusive statement:
"Of course I stand behind it. The first phase of the renovations were to help make way for the Argonauts, and this second phase was meant to accommodate them. At no point during the renovation process was Toronto FC involved in the equation. If anything, we’ve been slowly phasing them out. We’re fully focused on making BMO Field hospitable to the Argos and the upcoming Winter Classic.I mean, you’re basically choosing between a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in 10 years or the winningest franchise in CFL history. It’s a no-brainer. Hell, I’ve enjoyed the rugby matches here more than soccer. Those Toronto FC fans are deluded, I don’t know how anyone with common sense can actually support that joke of a team.We’re not going to drop Toronto FC. Their mindless fans have been excellent for business. However, they’ve been wasting their money for the last 10 years, so consider this a service. Leave the soccer to the Europeans. Come and support a real team and one that plays real football!"
The immediate future of the club is unclear, but it looks like they will have to make like Jules Winnfield and walk the Earth. They’ll still be called Toronto FC and they’ll still be competing in the MLS, but the pressure is on to find a temporary home until this gets sorted out. But the worst thing that could happen is if the team has to start playing in Buffalo. Just the thought of that makes me shudder.
If you’ve already gotten season tickets for the upcoming home opener, and have made it this far, then Happy April Fool’s Day! We’re safe for now, but this team better start winning before MLSE changes their minds.