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B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.
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which at times felt more like a mausoleum than a
football stadium. The far more fan-friendly BMO
Field offers numerous improvements, including
better sightlines and an intimate setting and where
loud, raucous fans can be seen and heard. In addi-
tion to the new playing field for the Argonauts,
there is also a buzz in Toronto this year thanks to
a new ownership group, led by Larry Tanenbaum
and Bell, who combined represent a sizable por-
tion of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, sans
Rogers Communications. Orridge is ecstatic about
the team’s new owners and home, which has a
seating capacity of 26,500.
“The season kicked off at BMO Field on June
23 and it will culminate with the Grey Cup,” he
says. “The Argonauts’ move to BMO Field is very
exciting because it’s a new beginning and cer-
tainly it’s going to enhance the profile of the city
of Toronto. It’s a social and intimate environment
and conducive to incredible energy.”
This CFL job appears to offer Orridge a great
amount deal-making opportunities and a chance
to really put his own stamp on the league. In
addition to that, teams are coming up with new
ideas to make the game-day experience that
much more enjoyable for the fans.
“There’s also an innovation where they are
tailgating for the first time in Toronto so that will
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