We are extremely lucky to be in the epicentre of sports for the city of Toronto and the Toronto Argonauts are a part of it! Celebrating over 100 seasons, this team is, “…the oldest existing professional sports team in North America,” according to Wikipedia.
A New Home
Effective this year, The Argos now call BMO Fields home. This shared stadium with the Toronto FC, is one of the most premiere venues to watch a live outdoor event at. To the spectator’s advantage, BMO Fields had an approximately $150 million renovation.
For over 20 years, the Argos played their homes games at the Skydome. Sharing this space with the Toronto Blue Jays, the venue certainly leant itself to be much more conducive for a baseball game than a football one.
For us Liberty Village residents and employees, it is a 10 minute walk to an Argos game at BMO Fields. It really can’t get better than that! The new renovations now include a roof over top of the majority of the stands so spectators will still have an enjoyable time during rain or inclement weather. Seating capacity has increased and there is an added upper deck on the east side. Depending on what event is being held and the configuration set up of the stadium, up to 40000 spectators can watch.
A New Look
Since their original inception in 1873, the logo has had some changes and revisions made. It has evolved from a logo incorporating a nautical scene to a man wearing armour and now to a modern yet minimalist typography design. What has remained consistent throughout its many variations are the colors of blue and white. As time passes, it is important for a brand to change and remain relevant. Aligning well with their new home for the 2016 season, the Argos unveiled their newest logo edition with the simple “A”.
Celebrate with Tailgating
Another new element for the team this year was the introduction of tailgate parties prior to each game’s kickoff. These are extremely popular south of the border for football games at all levels from high school through to the NFL. Fans are permitted to park their vehicles, bring their own food and grills to the outskirts of the stadium in a designated area. Alcohol must be purchased through the Argos. For more specific information, click here.
Love for All
Perhaps you have seen the Argo Cheerleaders around a few days before games roaming the streets of Liberty Village. Or maybe you were lucky to be served by an Argo player when they made surprise visits to some of our neighbourhood restaurants which included Local Public Eatery and William’s Landing. The Argos also showed their support for the community as a premiere sponsor during the LVBIA’s Give Me Liberty Event.
Make sure to add attending an Argos game live at BMO fields before the season finished. When they play their away games, be sure to cheer them on while patronizing one our local pubs and restaurants like Shoeless Joes, The Craft Brasserie, William’s Landing, Brazenhead, Locus 144 or Joker Cafe.
Looking ahead, the 2016 Grey Cup game will be played here in Toronto. Let’s make sure that we all cheer on the Argos so they will be one of the contenders in the final game of the season!