Toronto FC apologizes to fans

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:59 PM ET

TORONTO - The fans have spoken and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Ltd. has responded.

Enraged by another round of season seat price hikes after another year of horrid play, Toronto FC's vocal supporters besieged MLSEL with protests and non-renewals.

The message apparently was received loud and clear and the conglomerate sent out an open letter to its fans Wednesday saying: "Sorry we fell short of our goals, and more importantly, your expectations. But most of all, we are sorry we didn't listen better."

The team also announced an extension of its renewal deadline from this Friday to Oct. 22 and removed two mandatory CONCACAF Champions League games, dropping the price of season seats.

Still, the North End Elite supporters group has announced that it will protest the still substantial price increases over the past few years on Saturday against the Columbus Crew and on Oct. 19 vs. Arabe Unido by standing quietly without chanting, banners or flags.

The supporters will still travel to D.C. for the season wrapper but "are tired of MLSE using images of the robust support in our section, 127, to market the TFC game-day experience and then gouging our ticket prices to unacceptable levels. Even with the reduction of two games in the 2011 season-ticket package, our season-ticket cost has risen 75% since 2007."

The largest overall supporters group the Red Patch Boys have said they intend to wear green for the final two home games, symbolizing money and greed.

MLSEL chief operating officer Tom Anselmi announced the team will hold town hall meetings with its fans starting Thursday.


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