Every month there is news about a new soccer stadium being built or proposed somewhere in this country. This past month has been no exceptions with stadiums proposed from the MLS to the USL.
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.
This week Stadium Journey released its rankings of the 23 Major League Soccer stadiums. Unfortunately, we only included 22 of them. Omitted from our list was Banc of California Stadium, the brand new home of Los Angeles FC.
Now that the season has drawn to a close, we are pleased to release our 2018 MLS Stadium Fan Experience Ratings. Our ratings are based on the FANFARE system, which considers seven different aspects of the fan experience. Once you’ve had a chance to check out our ratings, we invite you to share your opinions and thoughts in the Rate It section found at the bottom of each review. The rankings resulted in several ties, as most of the stadiums are of recent construction and are soccer-specific in design.
Atlanta has seized upon its status as a diverse and international city to create one of the MLS’s greatest success stories overnight. A 21st century stadium, passionate fans and a very successful team on the field all add up to one of the top soccer experiences in the country. More importantly, it has created a sense of community between the vastly different neighborhoods that comprise the city of Atlanta.
After weeks of unofficial speculation and rumors, Major League Soccer announced today that Orlando City Stadium will play host to the 2019 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target.