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It’s official 2010 MLS CUP Final in Toronto

Press release by Major League Soccer

NEW YORK (March 30, 2010) – Major League Soccer will host its premier event, MLS Cup, in Canada for the first time when the passionate fans of Toronto, the fifth largest city in North America, welcome the League’s 15th championship match to BMO Field on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET (Live on ESPN and TeleFutura).

“Toronto and the Province of Ontario have proven to be a vibrant market for top-level soccer, and we are pleased to present the city’s fans another opportunity to enjoy a marquee event and showcase their passion,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said.  “As we saw last year in Seattle, MLS Cup is more than just our championship match; it is a four-day celebration of the world’s game in North America. We believe Toronto will be a superb backdrop for the festivities.”

Hailed as Canada’s national soccer stadium, BMO Field is the home of Toronto FC and will be the ninth venue to host the prestigious event. It served as the setting for the 2008 MLS All-Star Game, has played host to international soccer giants Real Madrid and Aston Villa, and hosted the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Ongoing renovations to Canada’s soccer mecca will see capacity increased to 21,800 spectators with the addition of a new North End stand and a natural grass field. The Kentucky Blue Grass will replace artificial surface that had been in use since its opening. These improvements are scheduled to be completed by April 15.

Since the inception of Toronto FC in 2007, soccer fans in Canada’s largest city have shown overwhelming support and fervor for their hometown “Reds,” selling out every home match at BMO Field. 

“We’re excited to host MLS Cup 2010, one of Major League Soccer’s pinnacle events. This is great news for soccer fans in Toronto and a tremendous benefit for our city,” said Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president and chief operating officer for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to making MLS Cup Weekend in Toronto a celebration of the beautiful game in an authentic, credible soccer environment.”           

Anselmi added that hosting MLS Cup will promote and profile Toronto to a larger global audience, creating an economic benefit for the city and supporting tourism. MLS Cup 2009 was broadcast live in more than 120 countries. Toronto FC hosted the Pepsi MLS All-Star Game in 2008, which resulted in an economic benefit of $23 million for the City of Toronto. “We look forward to welcoming soccer supporter groups from the other 15 MLS cities.”

Showing their commitment to Toronto FC and the success of Major League Soccer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has invested $5.5 million in upgrades to BMO Field and the surrounding area. In addition to a new grass pitch and increased seating, the investments will also enhance local community sports amenities to increase public access to year-round soccer facilities. The result of the upgrades will be more than 2,500 hours of community sport use availability.           

The hub of activity and the headquarters of MLS Cup in Toronto will be at Maple Leaf Square, a new $500 million retail, commercial and residential development, the largest mixed-use project constructed in the city since 1977. Adjacent to Air Canada Centre and connected to multiple public transit options and climate-controlled underground walkways, Maple Leaf Square is located just 10 minutes from BMO Field. Maple Leaf Square’s restaurants including Real Sports Bar & Grill, its apparel store, Real Sports Apparel and its public square will host a number of initiatives and activities for soccer fans.

“I’m delighted to welcome MLS Cup 2010 to Toronto,” Toronto Mayor David Miller said. “Toronto FC has the best supporters and one of the best soccer-specific stadiums in the league particularly with the addition of a grass pitch and additional seats. The sport of soccer has a massive fan-base in the Toronto region guaranteeing that no matter who is playing in the final, the atmosphere and excitement at the game and the events around it will be a huge success.”

 

Just as they were this year for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the eyes of the world will once again be on Canada when the 2010 Major League Soccer season culminates in Toronto. Last season’s finale, held at Qwest Field in Seattle, drew more than 46,000 fans who saw Real Salt Lake claim their first MLS Cup championship in a thrilling shootout win over the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Information regarding ticket sales for MLS Cup 2010 will be announced at a later date, but Toronto FC season ticket holders will have priority.

MLS CUP SITES

2009 – Qwest Field (Seattle, Wash.)                               2002 – Gillette Stadium (Foxboro, Mass.)

2008 – The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)              2001 – Columbus Crew Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

2007 – RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)                        2000 – RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)

2006 – Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)                             1999 – Foxboro Stadium (Foxboro, Mass.)

2005 – Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas)                             1998 – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)

2004 – The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)              1997 – RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)

2003 – The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)              1996 – Foxboro Stadium (Foxboro, Mass.)

 

ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer (MLS) is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, and features many stars from the U.S. and around the world. The 16 teams in MLS are: Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Chivas USA, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders, Toronto FC and Philadelphia Union, which is in its inaugural season with the league. Two expansion teams are set for the 2011 season in Portland and Vancouver, which will bring the league total to 18 teams. For more information about MLS, log on to the league’s official website at www.MLSsoccer.com.

 

ABOUT BMO FIELD

BMO Field opened in Exhibition Place in Toronto on April 28, 2007 and serves as the home of Toronto FC of Major League Soccer, the Toronto Nationals of Major League LaCrosse and the Canadian Men’s National Soccer Team. It is owned by the city of Toronto and operated by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE), owners of the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs and the National Basketball Association’s Toronto Raptors. It is widely regarded as one of the loudest venues in MLS and has sold out for every Toronto FC game.

Are we going to Toronto in November 2010?

Did Toronto FC deserved to host 2010 MLS CUP  or who do you think should host championship game? – please comment below

Chris Reiko

ChrisReiko@hotmail.com

 

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  1. It will be only good thing if Toronto FC make to the final, but after Columbus game is hard to believe in this

  2. I do not think Toronto should be the location for the final given the hastle the Canadian Customs give Americans that travel to Canada. Plus, it can be COLD in Toronto. The final should be played at a warmer stadium.

    However, I hope Seattle NEVER hosts the final EVER again given the way they treated the West and East Champions, they treated the West and East totally like crap thinking about their own home fans first.

  3. Rodney I was in Seattle, from press stand point and organization, I’ll have to tell you that was probably the best MLS Cup ever. I am little not clear what you referring to in terms of treating East and West Champions? – would you please explain? I would love to learn your point of view, Thx

  4. Sabath, take it easy TFC has real chances for this year playoffs, and see RSL last year, they barely made to the playoffs and all the sudden become a MLS CUP Champions. Don’t stop believing Toronto, with Preki as coach everything can happen, THANK YOU for all your comments

  5. At every other MLS Cup I have been to the venue has set aside a very good location, a large section of seats for the East and West Champions’ visiting fans opposing each other on the sideline.

    In Seattle they only set aside 100- yes One hundred tickets for each the west and east visting fans in the case of the west on the second level behind the goal line and the east on the third level. Seattle took care of their home fans before the MLS Cup playing teams unlike ANY other venue where the Cup has been played. Seattle was so sure their own team was going to be in the final they made no provisions for other teams playing. We had several hundred fans as I am sure Seattle would have had had their team played at another venue and they put us in very unchoice seats as opposed to putting their home fans in choice seats for a match their team was not even playing.

    The Galaxy has played in a few final matchs and it has been fun to cheer on our team, however we were unalbe to cheer on our team because we were so far from the field.

    Being MLS determines the venue where the MLS Cup is going to be played months before the teams are known and sells tickets to the event and gives tickets to the home fans a large section needs to be set aside for the playing teams regardles of the home fans wishes. After all the season is over and fans of the playing teams want to cheer on their team not from a 2nd or 3rd level.

  6. Further, in the stand where we were siting the security was over looking vulger chants made by the home fans and giving the visiting fans their “yellow card” warning for lessor comments made to the home fans. And even in the upper level the security was making sure the home fans had the seats they wanted in lieu of putting them in an upper level they put the visiting fans even further from the pitch.

    Over all very unprofessional treatment of the East and West playing teams’ fans.

  7. “given the hastle the Canadian Customs give Americans”

    Believe me, I have travelled quite a lot but American Customs are by far the worst. It’s not even close.

    But it can be cold and snowy in November in Toronto. Last year the weather was fine but…

    Having said that, soccer is alive and kicking in Toronto so I think it will be a great atmosphere.

  8. I have traveled a lot and on my way home from the WC in Germany I had to change planes in Montreal, and I ran into the stupidist customs agent I have ever ran into. He kept asking my why I wanted to enter Canada and I told him I was coming from Munich and heading to Los Angeles (in transit at every other airport in the world I have been at), and he didn’t seem to understand and kept asking me why I wanted to enter Canada. I missed my flight because of his stupidy and had to spend the whole night in the airport. It might be a while before I think about going to Canada.

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