Toronto FC announced Wednesday that the club will host their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match against the LA Galaxy at Rogers Centre. The match is set to take place on Wednesday, March 7 at 8 p.m., with the concluding quarterfinal match in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 14.
“A lot of thought went into selecting the home site for this very important match,” said Toronto FC Senior Director of Business Operations, Paul Beirne. “While we would have loved to host our quarterfinal match at our home, BMO Field, ultimately the decision came down to our ability to deliver a safe and enjoyable event in a venue that could withstand the unpredictability of March’s weather conditions.
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We felt that BMO Field’s infrastructure in its present state combined with the exposure to the winter conditions would not deliver on this experience.”
Beirne added that Toronto FC and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment studied the feasibility of upgrading BMO Field’s infrastructure to prepare it for the winter CCL match. However, the time required to undertake the work would not allow the facility to be ready for early March.
Sandy Bourne, Vice-President Sponsorships, BMO Bank of Montreal said, “We support the team wherever they play, and wish them the very best. At the end of the day, fan comfort and safety are our key concern and we fully support the decision to hold the game at Rogers Centre.”
The CCL match will be played on artificial turf, indoors with the Rogers Centre’s roof closed.
Ticket details for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match between Toronto FC and LA Galaxy will be announced in early January