Major League Soccer revealed the details for all MLS Home Openers today. The Reds will take on 2015 Western Conference leaders FC Dallas in what will be a tough test for Toronto FC. The game is slated for Saturday, May 7, 2016 with the time of the game still to be determined.
The reason for the delay, of course, is the second phase of renovations that have already begun. The $55 million construction is highlighted by the installation of a canopy that will cover all seats in the east, west and south stands. The north end will remain uncovered to have BMO Field remain flexible for hosting alternative events (Go Argos...). The project also includes upgrades to the sound and lighting systems and the introduction of a new rigging system for tifo displays.
It once again means Toronto FC will have to wait the longest of any team in the league for their home debut, which comes in Week 12. The Philadelphia Union are the next closest, as they have to wait till Week 3 before playing in the recently re-branding PPL Park, now known as Talen Energy Stadium.
Toronto FC will play the 2015 Supporter's Shield winning New York Red Bulls to begin the season on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 1:30 ET in what will be a very tough road fixture to start the year.
The club will also be involved in the home opener for New York City FC, as they visit Yankee Stadium on Sunday, March 13. The stadium played host to a thrilling 4-4 draw between the two sides last season.
Following this, the club is expecting to play six more games on the road before they make their home debut. The club is expecting to take eight points from this time, according to President Bill Manning.
The big question is how the Reds will perform with the lengthy road schedule to start similar to what they had in 2015. Results were better than expected last year, but the end result of the season left more to be desired.