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MLSE's Tim Leiweke "Extremely Happy" Rob Ford Opposes BMO Field Renovation Plan
Published March 24, 2014
ALREADY PAYING OFF: MLS Toronto FC on Saturday played its home opener against DC United in front of a sold-out crowd at BMO Field, which "showed just how quickly" some of Leiweke’s player signings this offseason "have restored some of the luster to a listing sports property" (GLOBE & MAIL, 3/23). But SPORTSNET's John Molinaro reported the venue's field "was in terrible condition after a long, cold Toronto winter." Streaks of "worn patches blotted the field that looked as though it had been chewed up by a CFL game." United coach Ben Olsen said the field "was as bad as I've ever seen in MLS" (SPORTSNET.ca, 3/22). TFC coach Ryan Nelson after the game "wasn't blaming the groundskeepers" for the field conditions. He said, "I blame God for that, for the winter He's given Toronto" (TORONTO STAR, 3/23).