Canadian soccer fans in the Toronto area are going to be busy in the coming days. The main event is of course Sunday afternoon's match between Canada and the United States at BMO Field but that is not the only event taking place.
Four days of fun kicks off on Thursday night when the Canadian Women's National Team will hold an open training session. Tickets for that training session will be available at the gate for a reasonable cost of $10 each which is just to help cover the cost of staging the event at BMO Field. The gates are scheduled to open at 6:30 on Thursday with the training session to begin at 7:00. The night will also include Umbro Canada launching the latest Canadian kit as they will unveil the new away jersey which will also be for sale on site to fans. So for your ten bucks you get the chance to see the players up close, get photos and autographs, and be one of the first people in the world to own the latest kit which I am told will be the best Umbro Canada kit yet.
On Friday fans who don't have things like going to school or work to get in their way will have another chance to meet Canada's top female soccer players up close. The team will be at First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, for a fan rally with the folks at BMO. That event is set to run from 10:30 until 11:30 on Friday morning with chances to meet the players and win some prizes included a jersey signed by the squad and tickets to that sold out match.
If you can't make it out to any of the events just tune in to any number of different sports outlets for their coverage. You can find an interview with Sinclair in the Sun for example or you could tune in to Off the Record this evening to see Diana Matheson and Erin McLeod interviewed. Trust me, there will be plenty of media coverage over the next few days as this game is actually being treated like a big deal around Toronto.
The events take the day off on Saturday since there is apparently some Toronto FC game against the Philadelphia Union taking place. Seems like a good way to ruin an otherwise perfect weekend if you ask me. The fun returns on Sunday though with a lot of action going on in the buildup to the actual match at 4:30.
For anyone interested in hanging out with The Voyageurs, which I highly recommend, they will be spending the hours prior to the game at Gossip which is located on the Exhibition Grounds. Details on that event are available on the facebook page and it includes the chance to pick up a 40% discount card at the Umbro Store for the first 50 people to arrive. They will also have the usual swag available to purchase such as scarves, shirts, and flags as well as bandanas available for kids who come (Yes, this is an all-ages event but will have a fair bit of drinking going on). Doors will open at 1:00 and it will all cap off with a supporters march over to the stadium.
The Canadian soccer association and some of their partners will be throwing events around BMO Field if that is more your speed. Will likely be plenty of activities to entertain the children or the patio to entertain the adults as they really want you to arrive early. Add in the issues with road closures (DVP, Gardner) around BMO Field and arriving early is even more important.
Then there is the match itself which is set to kick off at 4:30 but again being there early is a good idea. With the game being sold out it is a good idea to be in your seat early and there will likely be some events prior to kickoff that will be worth taking in.
So basically, there are a lot of things to keep you busy the next few days. If you get the chance to get out to any of the events or even if you only make it to the match it should be a fun weekend and hopefully the weather cooperates with all their plans.