The impact of Iceland's fairytale run at Euro 2016 has been well documented. But recently the effects have been felt, and moreover heard, at Toronto's BMO Field.
For the past two weeks, Toronto FC supporters have been doing their own rendition of a popular chant done by Icelandic supporters. The chant involves overhead clapping to the rhythm of a drum beat. TFC supporters have added their own wrinkle: launching into their signature "TFC" chant after the original has finished.
To be fair, Toronto FC's south end supporters section has been doing a similar chant for several years prior to Euro 2016. Seattle Sounders supporters, in fact, have been doing it for even longer. However, its popularisation by the Iceland national team has made the rest of the stadium join in, and the results have been breathtaking.
Some have expressed their dislike for the perceived "copying" of the chant, which was a big part of the lore surrounding the Iceland team. After all, the French team were given flack for doing the chant with their fans after beating Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.
But what takes place in the above video is more meaningful than just the chant itself. It is the first time in a while that all of BMO Field has cooperated in a single chant or song. One can only hope that this is the start of more BMO Field wide chants, and ,hopefully, this time ones that are more TFC specific.
Toronto's main supporters groups: the Inebriatti, Red Patch Boys, Kings in the North, U-Sector, Original 109 and Tribal Rhythm Nation, deserve credit for reviving the atmosphere at BMO Field. There is a long way to go, but Saturday's 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire was a reminder of how far things have come.