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