Plus an update from Bill Manning on the Toronto FC Designated Player hunt!
TORONTO, Canada—BMO Field is going to be getting bigger!
According to Toronto FC President Bill Manning via an interview with OneSoccer, BMO Field, the home of Toronto FC and the Toronto Argonauts, will be expanding to 45,000 seats ahead of the 2026 World Cup.
#TFCLive president Bill Manning tells @onesoccer BMO Field will expand to 45,000 seats ahead of FIFA World Cup 2026. Should be interesting given the amount of space media will take up inside the venue.
— Kurt Larson (@OneSoccerExpert) April 20, 2021
As it stands, BMO Field’s current seating capacity is 30,000 for a soccer match but possesses the ability to hold 40,000 for monumental occasions. In 2018, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings participated in the Centennial Classic—an outdoor game at BMO Field—with 40,148 people attending.
It’s unclear at this time what specific renovations will take place in order to accommodate more seating.
The 2026 World Cup will be jointly held in all three of Canada, the United States, and Mexico, with 16 cities playing host—including Toronto.
You can watch Part One of the interview with Manning below, where he doesn’t address the BMO Field renovations (yet), but touches on a variety of topics, including the current state of the Toronto FC roster—and an update on the designated player hunt.