Size matters at BMO Field

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

With sellouts projected for the rest of Toronto FC's inaugural season and big crowds expected for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, will Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. consider expanding 20,000-seat BMO Field?

Yes and no says MLSEL president and CEO Richard Peddie.

"We're putting in extra seating for the David Beckham game (L.A. Galaxy vs. TFC) on Aug. 5," Peddie said. "But beyond that we have no plans to increase. "Naturally, we're thrilled at the crowds and that we have 3,000 people on our season tickets waiting list. There are people around Major League Soccer who've said we're the first stadium that truly makes the crowd the 12th man in a game.

"But part of the experience of TFC games is that it's an intimate stadium, that you can hear everything that our loudest fans in the (south end zone) are chanting. You don't want to lose that.

"We're only starting the first year of the franchise and when you consider the Raptors have been around 13 years with a lot of ups and downs in attendance, then it's too early to be thinking about expanding seating."

Since plans for the soccer stadium were unveiled a few years ago, there has been speculation the Argonauts would one day be playing in a reconfigured BMO instead of the often cavernous Rogers Centre. But the CFL team has maintained that its content where it is.


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