The Best Indoor Sports Fields in Toronto
The best indoor sports fields in Toronto make winter a little less depressing. While that artificial turf might feel like lies caressing your toes, it's certainly better than a sedentary winter season, nevermind a saunter on a frozen field. The best indoor sports fields are usually conducive to various games, with ample room for running around and changerooms on the premises. And a bonus if you can find something to refuel onsite, other than Gatorade and whatever Doritos are in the machine.
Here is the list of the best indoor sports fields in Toronto.
A redeveloped curling facility out on Railside Road, Soccerplex is now seeing a tad more movement with over 45,000 square feet of space for prep and play. With four regulation-sized fields, Soccerplex hosts league and instructional play, as well as pickup soccer and private events with lots of changing areas and facilities.
SoccerWorld at Polson Pier is 50,000 square feet of turf just waiting for a game of soccer or ultimate Frisbee. There are two fields for tournament, clinic, or league play, offering adult and youth programs of varying skill levels. Despite SoccerWorld's name, the facility is known to host the odd game of field hockey or indoor volleyball, which all provide good agility training for avoiding the inevitable hoards piling out of the Sound Academy just down the street.
The Hangar at Downsview Park has a little bit of everything; sand for beach volleyball, fields for soccer, football, lacrosse and ultimate Frisbee, plus an arena specially designed for indoor ball hockey. Sports aside, the arguable best part about The Hanger is its in-house restaurant, that offers refuel after a game in the form of its Rosie the Riveter Bacon Cheeseburger and its Lysander Taco Salad with a pint on the side.
Just 4 Fun Sporting Club
Because every good facility includes number/word interplay in its title, Just 4 Fun Sporting Club promises fun for groups or leagues on its two multi-purpose courts. Installed with GYM FLEX floors, Just 4 Fun's facility is equipped for basketball, volleyball, or floor hockey games, with weekend drop-in sessions at $10 per person.
Toronto City Sports Centre
The Toronto City Sports Centre is open late (until midnight) every night, meaning you'll always have time to brush up on your swing before bed. Along with golf, the centre is where the Power Soccer Academy comes to train, inevitably making you feel inferior when you stop by for a game of beginner league play. Located west of St. Clair and O'Connor Drive, the Toronto City Sports Centre is looking to expand to include a circus training program.
Technically in Mississauga, the Hershey Centre SportZone offers room for basketball, indoor soccer, and (best of all) co-ed dodgeball. It's finally time to redeem yourself from that embarrassing first-one-out incident of the fifth grade. The fields and gyms can be rented for private events or parties, and the space is also home to the new Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame. (Rumour has it the Hall already has mini-bios on two Mississauga athletes!)
Trio Sportsplex in Vaughan has five turf fields and a ball hockey arena, as well as plenty of changerooms for players. Hosting soccer, hockey, dodgeball, and touch football, Trio also has its own sports bar available to all players, except, of course, for those who have been suspended; their names all listed on the league website. Spitting on the ref, Steve Hayawe? Really?
Metro Golf Dome
Metro Golf Dome serves foremost as an indoor driving range (and an eyesore driving along the 401), though it does have two artificial turf sports fields for soccer, Frisbee, football, and the like. Metro Dome bonuses include Friday 'pizza and golf' specials where you get two hours of golf time and all-you-can-eat pizza (must not spend all your time eating pizza) for one price, as well as two golf simulators perfect for avoiding swing-and-miss embarrassments.