In just under a month Toronto FC is coming home. The club plays their home opener at the newly renovated BMO Field on May 7 against FC Dallas. The match is expected to be played in front of a sellout crowd, as the nearly all of the 30,991 available tickets have sold.
As the days count down, construction workers are putting the finishing touches on the stadium. While the grounds around the stadium still look like a construction site, signs of progress are evident. Most of the stadium's canopy roof has been completed, and grass appears to have been laid.
The progress was demonstrated in full during a new video released by PCL Construction, the company partnering with Toronto FC to complete the renovations. The video was shot by a drone, allowing it to film overhead shots of the construction project.
This was the second year of renovations to BMO Field, a project that is costing $150,000,000. This year's renovations included adding a canopy roof over the stands in order to shield supporters from inclement weather and trap in stadium noise.
Phase two of renovations also includes building features to accommodate for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts, who become the stadium's secondary tenant this summer. This includes retractable seating over the end zones, which will be made of turf.
The Argonauts arrival has raised concerns as to what impact trying to have soccer and football co-exist on the same field will have on the grass. Beyond wear and tear, supporters are concerned that football lines will be visible on the stadium However, MLSE appears to have done their research and remain confident the two teams can co-exist.
This includes groundskeeper Robert Heggie, who talked to Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press earlier this week. While Heggie says that the transition will not be perfect, he is not overly worried about the field. For Toronto FC supporters, however, only seeing will be believing.
Toronto FC still has four games left of an eight-game road trip, including this weekend's game against the New England Revolution, before the return home. This is the second year that stadium renovations has forced the team to start the season on the road for an extended period of time.