TFC Town Hall was refreshing

GARETH WHEELER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

TORONTO -- "I promise we'll get this right."

That was the message Tom Anselmi, the COO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., delivered Thursday to 60- plus disgruntled Toronto FC season ticket holders and frustrated supporters at the first of six Town Hall meetings staged by the club.

The importance of adding value to the product and apologizing for "dumb" organizational moves were popular items on the agenda.

Anselmi, Paul Beirne (director of business) and Earl Cochrane (interim GM) tried to answer many of the concerns of their fan-base, primarily revolving around increased ticket prices and the future direction of the fledging club.

To the disappointment of many attending, the latter question wasn't answered.

No names of a future caretaker or a possible staff were divulged.

Anselmi reiterated significant soccer names from across the world will assist/ consult in the search for the next GM. And Anselmi insists resumes have been rolling in over the past month.

"This is a job a lot of people want," Anselmi said.

On ticket prices, Beirne defended high percentage increases in supporters sections as "correcting an imbalance" in ticket pricing across the stadium. To the supporters groups specifically, Beirne insisted the club must consider all 20,000 supporters in the stadium when it comes to pricing, not just the supporters groups. The panel also insisted the organization has significantly reinvested back into the club.

While many supporters didn't necessarily hear what they came for, the majority attending agreed the Town Hall set-up was a good idea and a refreshing direction for the club to take.


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