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BMO Field expansion funding approved by city council


Toronto will invest $10 million in expanding city-owned BMO Field after council voted 39-3 in favour of the deal.

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the city’s tenant in the facility where Toronto FC plays, will put in at least $90 million towards the $120 million expansion.

Voting against the deal were Mayor Rob Ford and Councillors Doug Ford and Mike Del Grande.

“We’re very grateful for the leadership and support of the City,” said Tim Leiweke, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. “This is an important issue, not just for Toronto FC, but also the CFL, the Pan Am Games, our ability to host Winter Classics, Grey Cups, and the proposed 2026 World Cup bid for Canada.”

Leiweke went on to say MLSE would now work to find matching funds.

The mayor didn’t speak during the council debate. He was the sole opponent when the deal was endorsed 11-1 by council’s executive committee.

Ford didn’t speak at executive committee but later told a Toronto newspaper he viewed it as “corporate welfare.”

City manager Joe Pennachetti told council Thursday morning that it was “a very good deal.”

Provincial and federal governments are each being asked for $10 million.

Related:

BMO Field upgrade endorsed

MLSE boss Tim Leiweke calls Rob Ford out over BMO Field opposition

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