BMO Stadium Toronto Reviews
BMO Stadium Aug 20, 2012
I played soccer as a child and I grew up thinking that the South Americans, Caribbeans, Italians and Portuguese were the best players. I would not know until FIFA that soccer or football as some countries call the sport that this was a sport played by so many other countries. Toronto's various neighbourhood bars are just flooded with soccer fans during FIFA.
I also enjoyed the rides, the food bizarre and the various summer activities that the CNE or the Canadian National Exhibition had been known for over a century. Now that century plus tradition of entertainment and leisure now also has something for soccer fans.
BMO Field is Canada's first soccer-specific stadium. It is known to FIFA as Canada's National Soccer Stadium. BMO Fields was built at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds for 62.9 million and funded by three levels of government and the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Limited. The Toronto fans are loyal but they're hard when their team, the Toronto FC blunders. There were 18,000 plus people tonight watching their team who apparently is last in the league. That's almost two divisions in a military organization.
The hotdogs and beer vendors are efficient and friendly. They remind of scenes in baseball movies. I don't know why that popped into my mind. I bought a bottle of water for $4.00 which I can buy at a corner store for $1.00 and of course if you buy it in a case it's even cheaper. You can't walk in with food or water. C'est la vie! You're paying for the experience. There are also numerous stands that sells food, coffee, water and so forth by the hallways below the bleachers. There is an interesting route that connects the CNE to the Go train and the foot of Liberty Village. Drinkers can take the train and soccer fans can drive and park at the CNE area or Liberty Village or walk to the public transits. Try and avoid the T.T.C. for buses and streetcars late at night. You could be waiting for a long while like someone stranded in the middle of nowhere but in the middle of the large metropolis. It's like a scene from the t.v. series the "Twilight Zone." It's been that way since I was a child and it's still that way today. However if you're taking the subway then you're alright. The fans are high spirited and even quite polite and affable. This comes to no surprise since Torontonians are quite friendly and polite in general. But you might not want to be around them on the road during rush hour. Nothing that a snack or rest couldn't cure. There was a small group of green clad Portland fans way up in the nosebleed sections up above. I wonder how they would fare against Manchester United fans. I don't why I was thinking that maybe it was something from a British movie that I've seen. Apparently they installed a state of the art heating system that allows grass to grow in the colder months. I read that or heard that somewhere.
I love the energy and excitement in the air and the feeling of awe and amazement when you see all these people in this huge grand stadium. It's electrifying and just an experience to be had. The highlight of the experience for me is a dedicated soccer stadium within the CNE grounds. These are two great experiences that I connect with some of the happiest times of my childhood.
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