Recent comments from MLSE CEO, Tim Leiweke, makes it sound like they have already decided on this move. It’s not very reassuring that he will have an open two way conversation with us.
The strategy seems to be to spoon feed us this reality, so when it does come time to discuss the Argos moving to BMO field, it will be an announcement. Not a discussion.
In an article posted on Sportsnet.ca today, January 9th, RPB President Phil Tobin stressed the same fears of all supporters – losing BMO Field as we know it.
Leiweke has responded to recent supporter concerns by assuring us that he will hear our opinion within the next six months. Trust me Mr. Leiweke, we are more than happy to share our view that we do not want to share our beloved football stadium with the other kind of football team.
Leiweke also mentions how he plans on bettering the experience. I’m sure this is something that ALL TFC supporters find hard to believe.
Funny enough… When I look through the names of those who signed the petition… there’s no Phil Tobin…
The article can be found here: http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/toronto-fc-bmo-field-argos-tim-leiweke-cfl-mls/
Arash Madani from Sportsnet hypothesizes about MLSE buying the Argos and moving them to BMO Field. This article speculates about this possibility. One thing to note, from the previous article mentioned here, Leiweke does say he’d like to host a CFL Grey Cup outdoors at BMO. There is only one way to do that… expand the field.
I am often left with the feeling that despite previous comments from Tim Leiweke, having a conversation with supporters, this decision has already been made.
More on Arash’s article can be found on Sportsnet’s Website.
While this is something that has been rumoured before, I’m not sure how many of us would feel about this. Tim Leiweke has mentioned he would like to expand BMO field. More seats to host larger events. The main concern is, we don’t want to share our beloved soccer specific stadium with the Argos. But what about the Winter Classic?
More can be found at Sportsnet’s website.
As well as a great article can be found at Waking the Red.
In an article on Sportsnet.ca posted on October 29th, 2013, it details a meeting Tim Leiweke had with the media at the Empire Club. In this meeting Leiweke acknowledged the Argos move is still on the table, but no decision yet.
– At the requests of the city of Toronto, which owns BMO Field, MLSE is looking at whether the venue can be changed to accommodate the CFL. “The Argos are part of a conversation, not a decision that’s been made.”
These comments echo comments Mr. Leiweke made earlier in the year at the Season Seat Holder BBQ and with the supporters group, SG111.
The article also mentions BMO field is also getting a roof, though no timeline is mentioned.
The full article can be found here.
An article form the Toronto Star on September 20th, 2013.
The Toronto Argos have signed a deal to stay at Rogers Centre until the end of 2017 season but must leave after that, clearing the way for the Blue Jays to get a grass field.
“The parties involved have agreed that no licence renewal past that date is contemplated,” the CFL club said in a statement released Friday.
Read the full article here