BMO Field in Toronto opened in 2007 as Canada’s first soccer-specific stadium, home to the country’s national soccer team and the country’s first MLS team. In an effort to elevate the stadium’s seating capacity and in-game experience for the fans, a series of renovations began in 2014 in anticipation of the stadium hosting CFL games and, in particular, the 2016 CFL Grey Cup.
- Phase I eliminated seating on the north end of the stadium while adding 8,400 seats between the east and west sides as well as 15 executive suites including restroom and concession amenities.
- A second-level concourse was added at the south end and a high-definition videoboard replaced the existing videoboard at the north end.
- Phase II involved adding a new long-span roof canopy system to cover the east, west and south stands. The roof acts as a shelter from inclement weather as well as a sound barrier.
- Assembled on site, the southern canopy of the new roof weighs 980,000 pounds and was lifted into place as a single piece.