Report: Maple Leafs to host Winter Classic in 2017

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Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston is reporting that the Winter Classic is going to come across the border to Toronto in 2017.

The planned location for it would be BMO field, with extensive renovations to outdoor facility taking place. MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke has been in talks with Municipal, Provincial and Federal Officials to make this happen and they all appear on board.

This dovetails nicely into the Maple Leafs 100th anniversary season.

The cost for expanding the woefully small stadium, would be twice it’s $60,000,000 initial build price, said Leiweke.

“It’s big money, huge money,” Said Lewieke

“It fits a lot of needs,” he said. “It renovates it for TFC, it certainly renovates it for the Pan Am Games, it renovates it for rugby. The Grey Cup would be phenomenal in an outdoor setting in Toronto on the lake, but (the Winter Classic is) clearly one of the things we put on the wishlist.”

“The city, the province and the feds have all told us it’s important to them from an economic stimulus standpoint because we see what it’s doing to the economy in Detroit now – imagine what would happen in Toronto.”

More here: http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/24-7/winter-classic-could-be-coming-to-toronto/

  • Burtonboy

    What an amazing event it will be if they can pull this off. The all star game ,the draft and the Classic all on the 100th anniversary of the premier franchise in the NHL

  • Loric76

    get lined up for tickets today lol

  • Great Dane

    BurtonboyLeiweke talks money and that is language that Bettman understands

  • Jmessih

    So would the expected attendance be around 40,000?

  • Loric76

    TheCanucksnaphook Jmessih Leiweke will build us a 120k capacity stadium

  • Loric76

    TheCanucksnaphook Jmessih and then buy out the Bills and move them to Toronto

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks

  • Optimustic

    Loric76 TheCanucksnaphook Jmessih I hope so, otherwise it’ll cost 40 – 50k for a seat.  :-)

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    TheCanucksnaphook Loric76 Jmessih 40,000 would be sold out in one day. No question about that. I think 40,000 is too small.

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphookMind Bomb MOrning Phooker, 2 Advil Extra Strengh liquid gels, s far not enough lol

  • wendelsway1

    Mind Bomb Morning MB……Happy New Year…..Leafs are getting a big win today.  :)

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/koshtorontosunhttps://twitter.com/koshtorontosun/status/418401267744899073
    Swiss coach Colin Muller on Fabrice Herzog: “He has the long reach, Rick Nash sort of style player. Works his tail off.” https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Leafs&src=hash

  • Mind Bomb

    wendelsway1Mind BombMorning 

    Abso Fucking Lutley :) Down with the Deadwings

  • theacs1966

    Loric76 TheCanucksnaphook Jmessih No, Leiweke will bilk the taxpayer to build us a giant stadia we don’t need.

  • .JVR.

    Love that it looks like Toronto will be getting the Winter Classic in 2017, as I was thinking we’d probably have to settle for the Heritage Classic and then Ottawa announced it’s plan to host it in 2017, which had really pissed me off.

    Anyways, how exactly does it cost $120,000,000 to add some seats to the Stadium, when the Stadium only cost $60,000,000 to build in the first place?

    If this does happen, I hope they’re smart enough to expand the length to allow the Argonauts to play there!!

  • Jmessih

    TheCanucksnaphook DeclanK Loric76 Jmessih Agreed with 40k being too small, but how much work can they to the stadium already?

  • theacs1966

    TheCanucksnaphook Loric76 Jmessih Where will the Toronto FC parade end?  In a gymnasium?

  • .JVR.

    Jmessih 
    Yea, I’m guessing they’ll increase the normal seating capacity to somewhere between 30,000 to 35,000, with the ability to add about 10,000 seats for special events.

  • newkb

    Loric76 OK….my lawn chair is already there for the SC parade.

  • Great Dane

    BurtonboyOf the forward Leafs have drafted I think that Johnson, Brown and Herzog will be big surprises.

    Johnson makes his goals against nations like Finland and Russia, not against Norway

  • theacs1966

    TheCanucksnaphook theacs1966 Loric76 Jmessih You just insulted all 14 of their fans.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Any word about game time being altered?

  • theacs1966

    TheCanucksnaphook theacs1966 Loric76 Jmessih And because they feel left out, both Canadian Basketball fans.

  • .JVR.

    CanuckUKinToronto
    Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see an NFL team in Toronto, but I don’t see the league expanding anytime soon and I’m sure the League would rather put a team in LA than Toronto.

  • .JVR.

    TheCanucksnaphook
    Exactly, TFC can’t even fill up the 22,000 seats they currently have, so what the hell are they gonna do with another 10,000 odd seats?

  • theacs1966

    Loric76 TheCanucksnaphook Jmessih Free Bon Jovi (mandatory) box set with every season ticket.

  • theacs1966

    .JVR. TheCanucksnaphook Bon Jovi concerts, every Friday.

  • theacs1966

    http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl–2014-winter-classic–nhl-believes-bigger-is-better-with-world-record-bid-012807572.html

  • Optimustic

    MaxwellHowe Na, 2017 is still a long way away.  Lot’s of time to chan ….   Oh you mean todays game, I’m getting ahead of myself.   lol —  I haven’t heard anything, and don’t really expect any major change.

  • .JVR.

    Game just over two hours away and the no GDT yet?

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    theacs1966 .JVR. TheCanucksnaphook  I think what you’ll see is  an arena that is modular in design which can be expanded to fit larger crowds but can be changed to go down to smaller sizes.  TW has already said this.

  • dlb eh

    Great Dane
    Bettman’s made everyone in hockey a lot of money

  • dlb eh

    Great Dane
    boooo.  spit.  lol

  • Optimustic

    I think the 2017 game is great, but I’d rather think about it tonight, tomorrow or next week.   For now it’s enough just to think about todays game.  Go Leafs Go.

  • .JVR.

    Optimustic 
    I agree, two hours from now the puck drop for the 2014 Winter Classic will be imminent and all MLHS wants to talk about is the possible 2017 edition?

    Come on boys, lets get back on track!

  • Jmessih

    https://twitter.com/ArashMadanihttps://twitter.com/ArashMadani/status/418400536938164225
    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CFL&src=hash sources told me that privately, at the executive level, the https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Argos&src=hash hope a scenario unfolds where MLSE purchases the franchise. Retweeted by https://twitter.com/DavidAlter590

  • vinoa

    TheCanucksnaphook Loric76 Jmessih The MLS cup? Does MLSE still even pay attention to TFC or are they now just a means to an end, in this case a big statdium?

  • wendelsway1

    OMG….I’m really not sure whether I should be downing more Tylenol or cracking open a beer…..my head hurts….what to do, what to do…lol

  • Loric76

    wendelsway1  beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer beer

  • Optimustic

    wendelsway1 I’d try the beer first, if that doesn’t work, …   um  a    try another one.  good luck.

  • vinoa

    dlb eh Great Dane Yup. Say what you will about the man but he understands the business of hockey…even if he is slowly ruining the game of hockey.

  • vinoa

    Jmessih If MLSE buys the Argos it’ll be only to somehow turn them into an NFL team. I’m surprised that Rogers isn’t being challenged for having their hands in so many cookie jars at once.

  • Loric76

    So Leafs in two Winter Classics within three years?  I’ll believe it when I see it, this is still the NHL led by Bettman.

    As I’m typing this I just realised something – what if Toronto’s hosting but the Leafs aren’t playing?  How long before the NHL follows the NFL and holds the Winter Classic in a location different than where the two teams are from?  Like the Super Bowl.

  • mbails

    sorry. i hate begging lol. but a link that will work outside of canada for the game please and thank you. i will 100% share the 24/7 episode 4 link within a couple hours of airing (Russia time)!!!

  • .JVR.

    vinoa
    Could definitely see MLSE buying the Argos and moving them to BMO after the expansion is complete.

  • Leafs rule

    wendelsway1uhhh no taking tylenol after drinking young lady,people have died shortly after doin that ,so yes beer or breakfast

  • .JVR.

    Loric76 
    I could see the Winter Classic eventually becoming the All-Star Game.

  • .JVR.

    mbails 
    Does the CBC stream work outside of Canada?

  • Loric76

    .JVR. Loric76 Interesting thought

  • Jmessih

    mbails  http://firstrownow.eu/
    http://www.frombar.com/

    http://myp2p.cc/

    Hopefully one of these work