Since the beginning, the home for Toronto FC has been BMO Field. Originally built as the National Soccer Stadium as well as home for Toronto FC, BMO Field has seen a ton of changes since the early days. The popularity of Toronto FC has demanded a significant expansion in capacity to the over 30,000 that it currently boasts. Owned by the City of Toronto and operated by Toronto FC parent company, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, BMO Field has taken the next step to make it more functional for events other than just soccer while maintaining the intimacy that has made Toronto FC a success story at home. In less than two full months, BMO Field played host to the CFL Grey Cup, MLS Cup, and the Centennial Classic outdoor hockey game. It seems the days of BMO Field being a small purely soccer stadium are long gone.
The McMaster Marauders have put a consistently competitive team on the field. In Les Prince Field at Ron Joyce Stadium, the Marauders have one of the best football facilities in the conference and easily one of the most comfortable for fans. It is clear that the Marauders are continuing to build their football legacy. The future continues to look bright.
Traditionally thought of as a football school, Wilfrid Laurier University is consistently competing in the shadows. Overshadowed by the much larger university down the street in the University of Waterloo and the football powerhouse to the west in the Western Mustangs, Laurier has comfortably found its niche. A consistent contender, Laurier produces top football talent for the CFL each year yet when Laurier does win it seems like a David vs Goliath kind of situation.
The Guelph Gryphons have benefited from a generous donation and really put that money to work. The significant improvements to Alumni Stadium have made Guelph a destination in the OUA offering facilities that other schools do not. In the recruiting race the other Ontario schools must reflect on how they will compete with the new norm which is Guelph.
The Waterloo Warriors are definitely a program on the rise. Fans are watching closely as the team strives for their first playoff appearance in a long time. Not only is the program improving on the field, but the university is investing in the football facilities and other athletic facilities.