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Mayor fan of grass for Toronto FC
April 22, 2009, 8:22 AM
Filed under: BMO Field, Mayor David Miller

Mayor David Miller, who has attended Toronto FC soccer games with his family, said today he would like to see the professional football club play on grass instead of turf.

But when the team and the city brokered a deal for BMO Field at Exhibition Place, part of the agreement hinged on community benefits: mainly the installation of a big bubble over the playing field in winter for the use of children and community indoor leagues.

“I’d like to see grass there,” Mr Miller said. “If there’s going to be grass there we have to find another place to bubble in the winter to provide the place for young soccer players to get a good start in Toronto. Part of the goal of this stadium was to increase the quality of soccer in Canada and the accessibility to young people.”

The Mayor said if the bubble is moved, FC can have grass – but he said football club owners Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment would have to foot the bill for both moving of the bubble and the removal of the artificial surface.

“I think there’s a reasonable chance we can get grass but that’s the big hurtle,” he said. “They have a duty to provide that space and it’s understandable. We want young people to have a chance. The stadium should be for every Torontonian, not just the pros.”

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