BMO Field Details
BMO Field has been around for a decade, after opening in 2007 to accommodate the newly formed Toronto FC of Major League Soccer. It replaced another sports venue that was in the exact same place, Exhibition Stadium, which was torn down in the late 1990s after being the home of the Toronto Argonauts and Blue Jays. Today, it is the home of two professional sports teams in Toronto, as well as other events.
The two teams that currently occupy BMO Field are the aforementioned Toronto FC, along with the Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, both of whom are high-level competitors in their respective leagues. The venue was also home to the Toronto Nationals of Major League Lacrosse for one season, in 2009, before moving to a smaller stadium for their next season. Toronto FC nearly won a championship at BMO Field, dropping the 2016 MLS Cup in a penalty shootout to the Seattle Sounders.
BMO Field has hosted U-20 World Cup action twice in its history, as it was the home of many 2007 U-20 men's World Cup games, including the final that was won by Argentina. It also was the home for seven U-20 Women's World Cup games in 2014, including a quarterfinal match that saw the United States eliminated by North Korea on penalties. Other international competition at BMO Field includes the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where a pair of group stage matches were held, including a scoreless draw between Costa Rica and Canada.
In addition to its soccer hosting abilities, BMO Field has hosted several other notable sporting events. It was the home of the NHL Centennial Classic in 2017, which saw the Detroit Red Wings take on the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. BMO Field has also seen the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team, one of the most iconic teams in sport, grace its field in a victory over the Canadian national team.
Q: What are the best places to sit at BMO Field?
A: With it being a relatively small, soccer-specific venue, there isn't really a bad seat at BMO Field. The middle 100s sections, including 107 and 108, are the best of the bunch, as they are the closest to the field and provide the best vantage point for all of the action. But the 200s sections, despite being higher up, really aren't much worse in terms of what you're seeing, and will usually save fans a few bucks as well.
For a more fun place to sit at BMO Field, the supporters section spanning sections 112-118 is the most fun, as the club permits fans to stand for the entire match there while waving flags, banging drums, and doing the types of things that serious soccer fans are known for around the world.
Q: BMO Field tips and tricks
A: Gates at BMO Field open an hour before kickoff for both Toronto FC and Argonauts games, with suites and club seating opening an hour and a half before start time. This works out, in that an hour before the game is the perfect time to catch teams warming up before their matches. Generally speaking, it's a good rule of thumb to remember that if you're seated in a corner of BMO Field that you should enter through gates 1, 3, or 5, which are located in the corners of the building. For supporters sitting in the middle of the park, gates 2 or 4 would be better.
Q: BMO Field club areas
A: BMO Field has three different club seating options. The Tunnel Club allows fans access to the player tunnel before matches, and is right near the Toronto FC locker room as well as both teams. Tunnel Club patrons also get access to all-inclusive food and drink. The BMO Club is right up against the field, and also offers fans all-inclusive food and beverages. Finally, the Rogers Club is located in the middle of the 100s section, in section 123, and offers good seats along with private restroom and concession options.
Q: What makes BMO Field unique?
A: BMO Field is unique in that it was the first of its kind when it was built. It was the first soccer-specific stadium ever to be built in Canada. It also features a natural grass pitch that is heated underneath, which allows the grass to grow during the harsh fall and winter weather that can make parts of Canada absolutely frigid.