The Best Outdoor Sports Fields in Toronto
The best outdoor sports fields in Toronto are some of the hottest spots in the city during the summer. The possibilities are endless when it comes to outdoor activities - all you have to do is show up! Lucky for us, outdoor playing fields are abundant in Toronto and many have been spruced up just in time for you to run, kick, throw and, most importantly, play on.
Here's a list of some of the best outdoor sports fields in Toronto.
See also: The best indoor sports fields in Toronto
The 5,000-seat University of Toronto stadium is probably the most impressive field in the city outside of the Rogers Centre and BMO Field. Varsity stadium is a state-of-the-art artificial turf field with a 400m eight-track lane. The field is often booked up for international and intramural competitions, so book way ahead if planning something here.
Cherry Beach Sports Fields
Perfect for a game of pick-up or to practice with friends, the two regulation-sized elite soccer and lacrosse fields at Cherry Beach are a top spot for recreational sports in the city. The artificial turf fields can also accommodate field-hockey, football and ultimate frisbee and are home to many recreational sports leagues throughout the summer.
This beautiful park located in the northeast of the city centre offers a scenic alternative to many parks further south. The fields, which include cricket and soccer, are surrounded by multiple bike trails and dog parks, making the phrase fun in the sun rather apt. The only downside is that Sunnybrook is usually quite busy, especially on weekends.
This 9,600 seat stadium in Liberty Village is just dying for you to kick a ball around. Lamport Stadium is a turf field primarily used for soccer and field hockey, and is a great space to blow off some steam after-work or on the weekend.. Looking to join a sports team this summer? Lamport is used often by outdoor sports leagues and is great at night.
Centennial park in Etobicoke offers so much more than an outdoor space to run around on. Aside from the lush scenery, it has seven soccer fields, a baseball diamond, five softball diamonds, a 120-acre golf course, an eight-lane track, two cricket pitches and an exercise course. There's also 3,500 seat stadium primarily used for athletics and soccer.
Located at Kingston road and Birchmount, this stadium is a multi-purpose outdoor sports facility known for hosting an array of amateur events. The astro-turf field is in wonderful condition after being rebuilt in 2006, and is now surrounded by an 8-lane track, all open to the public throughout the entire summer.
A huge outdoors space built on the Humber river flood plan, Eglinton Flats is a sports-focused park that draws a crowd of limber athletes. The flats have six soccer fields, four field hockey pitches, a rugby field, a football field, winterized tennis courts and two cricket pitches. The condition of the fields isn't always the best, but the scale is impressive.
North York Civic Centre Soccer Fields
These seven full-size soccer pitches are located at Bathurst and Finch, and almost always some space to get a game on. In my opinion, these are the best fields to practice on solo or in small groups. Whether it be soccer, frisbee, football, the fields at North York Civic Centre provide just the right combination of space and serenity.
Keelesdale Park has two of the finest baseball diamonds in Toronto. The south side diamond is unfortunately unlit, so daytime play is the only time to make use of this outdoor area. Need to satisfy some late night baseball urges? Head over to the north side of the park for a nicely lit and fenced hardball diamond, usually being used by one of the many summer baseball leagues in the city.
Photo of the Cherry Beach soccer fields via Waterfront Toronto