Argos to BMO Field being sacked?

According to a report in Tuesday's Globe and Mail, the feds aren't interested in funding a pro...

According to a report in Tuesday's Globe and Mail, the feds aren't interested in funding a pro sports venue, meaning MLSE has plans to move forward with soccer-only renovations in September. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:37 AM ET

Politics has thrown plans to expand BMO Field to potentially host the Argonauts into a tailspin.

When the Toronto Sun sat down with Tim Leiweke in Seattle ahead of Toronto FC’s season opener in March, the MLSE head honcho seemed confident things were on track.

At the time, the commitment from MLSE was the full cost — $120 million — with the city, province and federal governments each contributing $10 million. The city, if it signs off, was expected to be paid back over 20 years, with interest. The province and feds, as Leiweke told me, were set to benefit from tax revenue.

According to a report in Tuesday’s Globe and Mail, however, the feds aren’t interested in funding a pro sports venue, meaning MLSE has plans to move forward with soccer-only renovations in September.

And this is where it gets messy.


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