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Old Posted Apr 29, 2018, 2:23 PM
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Unalligned and awkward seating in a cavernous multipurpose facility. Players trotting around on a temporary rug over concrete as not to injure themselves.

Sounds like a spectacle not a football match.
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More than twice as big: CHECK
Better atmosphere: Definitely not
Better architecture: Debatable

The Big O is, until the Skydome opened, the ONLY stadium in this country that was considered world class when it opened. If you consider it lame, that's fine (a lot of horrible decisions were made after it was built that made the stadium uglier inside). But so are every single stadiums in Canada.

Oympic Stadium at full capacity still provides, BY FAR, the best atmosphere out of anything else Montreal has to offer.
There. Fixed it for you.
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Old Posted Apr 29, 2018, 2:47 PM
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Nicko's viewing the stadium through 1976 goggles.

It's 2018 and it's a horrible stadium for everything except viewing the architecture from a distance.
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Yeah, Nicko is a bit of a romantic
That's a nice way of putting it.

Actually, it could be brought up to a world class standard (what stadium doesn't say that nowadays) but it would take a BC Place sized renovation to do it and the will isn't there to spend that type of money.

Shame though, if done right it could be special, but they'd have to gut the interior.

They renoed the aquatic centre purty good.

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More than twice as big: CHECK
Nobody cares about this. If this was the way to definitively rank stadiums then North Korea would have the World's best stadium.

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Better atmosphere: CHECK
Debatable. This can't be judged quantitatively or qualitatively.

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Better architecture: CHECK
From 100 metres away, yes. It's ugly as sin inside.

It's an old stadium past its prime with a slew of structural and physical issues. Maybe it was world-class 30 years ago but those days are long gone.
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It's an old stadium past its prime with a slew of structural and physical issues. Maybe it was world-class 30 years ago but those days are long gone.
According to their designers, every stadium built today is world class.
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Considering revenues of 54 million, as stated by Bill Manning, TFC is making buckets of cash!!
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That's just spending on players, not the cost of marketing the team, running/renting the venue, travel and accommodation, paying support staff/management etc...

I wouldn't be surprised if they are losing money with a roster spend like that.
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Old Posted May 10, 2018, 9:38 PM
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I wouldn't be surprised if they are losing money with a roster spend like that.
They are losing money. IIRC TFC would be in the black if they cut ties with one of their large contracts (Giovinco, for example).

I think they lose something like $7/8M a season on a valuation of $280M.
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Holy!!!!

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Alphonso Davies is close to making what would be a record-setting transfer deal for MLS, sending the young Canadian attacking talent to one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Multiple league sources tell The Athletic that the Vancouver Whitecaps are “close” to a deal that would send Davies to Bayern Munich. The deal, one source said, includes a base fee around $12 million (U.S. dollars) and could rise from there with add-ons and clauses contingent on performance
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https://www.tsn.ca/report-canadian-d...nich-1.1144653

A Vancouver beat reporter is saying it may be upwards of $13M/$14M USD.

Davies is a tremendous talent. He has had European teams courting him for a few years now.
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Canadian teams giving away talent to European powerhouse teams. I guess it means the MLS, and Canadian soccer in particular, is maturing. Earlier this year, Ballou Tabla signed with Barcelona over from the Impact.

The transfer fee wasn't disclosed, but the contract had a buyout clause of 25 million euros for the first 3 years and 78 million euros if the deal was extended.

https://www.tsn.ca/barcelona-sign-ta...mpact-1.978397

Hopefully all this means we can field a decent team during WC 2026.
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TFC puts a cork in 'Inebriatti', fan activities in wake of fiery display in Ottawa
Banners, flags, smoke, drums, bullhorns or noisemakers banned in the stadium.
Neil Davidson The Canadian Press July 23 2018

​Toronto FC's so-called Inebriatti supporters' group has taken responsibility for last week's fiery display in Ottawa during the Canadian Championship semifinal.

The MLS club suspended all supporter privileges after flares and smoke bombs led to small fires in the stands and the pitch at TD Place Stadium last Wednesday during the first leg of the series against Ottawa Fury FC.

Inebriatti initially said it had no part in the flare thrown on the field or any explosion. But it issued a new statement Monday.

"We wish to clarify that the incidents which interrupted game play were unplanned and accidental. However, we fully understand that such incidents are not acceptable," it said.

"We are taking internal steps to eliminate potentially dangerous and aggressive behaviour — including renouncement of all unsanctioned usage of flares and smoke. Going forward our focus will be public safety, to support the team and rebuild public trust.

"We have communicated to the team that our behaviour has not been good enough. Incidents that distract from game play are not acceptable and will no longer be tolerated. We will continue to offer full co-operation to the front office and any relevant investigation. All ensuing disciplinary action by the front office, related to events of July 18th, should be directed solely towards Inebriatti rather than all official supporter groups."

A club spokesman said the ban on all supporter privileges remains in place.

The rematch with Ottawa on Wednesday — with Toronto holding a 1-0 lead — marks the first game at BMO Field since the incident. A club spokesman said earlier Monday that the ban means all supporter groups will not be able to use banners, flags, smoke, drums, bullhorns or noisemakers in the stadium.

Toronto says it is co-operating with Ottawa Police in it investigation, as well as conducting its own internal review of the club's supporter program "to ensure the safest environment possible at BMO Field moving forward."

TFC wasted little time condemning the Ottawa incident with team president Bill Manning calling it "unacceptable."

It's not the first time the club has been at odds with its various supporter groups.

In 2016, some of Toronto's supporters groups joined forces in going silent during a home game against Orlando to protest recent sanctions against the Inebriatti after an obscene banner was raised in its section during a loss to visiting Montreal. TFC called the banner "an embarrassment" to the club and its supporters.

The south stand, the normally raucous home to loud flag-waving fans, was silent and prop-less.

The Inebriatti group was sanctioned for misbehaviour in Montreal in the final game of the 2015 regular season after Toronto fans lit flares and damaged Saputo Stadium.



A security guard picks up a flare that was thrown onto the field in Ottawa during Wednesday's Canadian Championship game between the Ottawa Fury FC and the Toronto FC. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)
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Old Posted Jul 23, 2018, 8:53 PM
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"We wish to clarify that the incidents which interrupted game play were unplanned and accidental. However, we fully understand that such incidents are not acceptable," it said.
I would assume so since they ended up burning their own flags in the process.

Shame for the other busload of people that made the trip up from Toronto. All it takes is one or two people to ruin things for everyone else. Inebriatti are a known quantity in TFC circles and everyone knows where all the problems stem from. It's too bad it's taken TFC years to even come close to banning them.

In terms of the match itself the fire and flares only delayed the game for a couple of minutes. TD Place has some pretty intense security and this doesn't look very good on them.
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How is a flare on the field "unplanned and accidental"? To anybody who thinks this flare throwing is a joke, I was in a tavern (not a sports bar) when a TV across the room began showing the Bradford fire. There was no sound but I was fully aware of the tragedy that it would become. All began by something much smaller than a flare and a flame much smaller than that on the field above.
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Inebriatti aside, that goal that Giovinco scored against Chicago was top notch!!
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Old Posted Jul 24, 2018, 5:52 PM
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Sounds like a done deal - he will stay with the Whitecaps until the end of the season

https://theathletic.com/443876/2018/...as-19-million/
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Good for him and Canadian soccer. Hargreaves went to Bayern and Man U and won Champions League with both. Hope this kid can win some trophies too. Bundesliga is a given but winning the big cup would be nice.

I was greatly impressed with him when I saw him in a couple of Gold Cup games. I remember texting my friend and saying he has the best combination of speed and touch I'd ever seen in a Canadian player. But that's for a Canadian. He will not be considered exceptional compared to the players he's about to join.

I hope he does much better at BM than Renato Sanches or Julian Green did.
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