MLSE plans to spend big bucks to upgrade BMO Field

BMO Field. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

BMO Field. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:37 AM ET

They’re dollar figures Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment has never before dished out.

In the neighbourhood of a quarter-billion, according to MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke, who spoke exclusively with the Toronto Sun ahead of Saturday’s Toronto FC opener here at CenturyLink Field.

Including the $100 million MLSE’s soccer club spent on a trio of players this winter, the company is also finalizing plans to spend an additional $120 million on upgrades to BMO Field this summer.

“It took a while for our board to get comfortable with this because this is the largest commitment we’ve made on a single process,” Leiweke told the Sun.

“It was critical that we take the lead, that we put up the money and we bare the brunt here,” he continued, a week after receiving unanimous approval from the Exhibition Place board of governors.


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