Turn CN Tower into Maple Leafs playoff goal light: Petition

The CN Tower in downtown Toronto is shown in this Feb. 20, 2008 file photo. A petition is...

The CN Tower in downtown Toronto is shown in this Feb. 20, 2008 file photo. A petition is circulating to have the CN Tower light up when the Maple Leafs score during the NHL playoffs. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency/Files)

ROB BENNEIAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:51 PM ET

TORONTO - The joke for years among rival fan bases has been that when the Toronto Maple Leafs inevitably return to the playoffs, their fans will throw a parade.

While a route is not being planned — yet — one enterprising young man has come up with a novel way to celebrate the Leafs return to the post-season.

In a petition he created on Change.org, recent George Brown marketing grad Scott Booth posed the question, “How can we show the world just how big of fans we really are?”

His answer: Turn the CN Tower into “the biggest goal light of all time.”

The idea reflects the recent Budweiser Red Light campaign, where fans could purchase a goal light to display in their home which could be programmed to honk and flash when their favourite team lights the lamp.

Booth’s concept takes Budweiser’s idea a step — or 1,330 LED lights — further.

Calls to the CN Tower were not immediately returned, but the execution of the idea does not seem to be an issue. In the past, the tower has shone green and white for the Saskatchewan Roughriders victory in the 95th Grey Cup and orange in respect of NDP leader Jack Layton’s funeral.

In a press release, CN Tower officials indicated the tower would light up blue for Leafs playoff games.

Budweiser also did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

In an informal survey done by the Toronto Sun, the support for turning the CN Tower into a beacon of Maple Leafs success has been overwhelmingly positive, with many calling it “genius” and “the best idea ever.” The Change.org petition has already gathered approximately 4,500 signatures.


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