Toronto Sports Stadiums Historic

This is what sports stadiums looked like in Toronto before the Rogers Centre

This is what sports stadiums looked like in Toronto before the Rogers Centre

Despite the technological advancement of Toronto's biggest pro sports facilities—the Rogers Centre and Scotiabank Arena—there remains something to be said for what it was like to watch a game at the ballparks and arenas of the previous era.

Here's a look back at Toronto's stadiums and arenas of yore.

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Sunlight Park, Toronto's first baseball stadium, 1893

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Lacrosse at Hanlan's Point Stadium in 1910

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Varsity Stadium, facing Bloor Street and Bedford,1906

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Varsity Stadium, 1920

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The TTC hockey team at Varsity Arena, 1927

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Pro hockey outdoors at Riverdale Park/Christie Pits, 1912

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Boxing match at Riverdale Park/Christie Pits, 1915

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Liberal Party meeting at the Mutual Street Arena, 1913 (via the Wikimedia Commons)

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Mutual Street Arena interior, 1920s

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Civic Arena/The Coliseum under construction, 1921

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Civic Arena/The Coliseum interior, 1922

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Civic Arena/The Coliseum interior, 1922

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Civic Arena/The Coliseum interior, 1922

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Maple Leaf Stadium exterior, 1929

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Game action at Maple Leaf Stadium, 1937

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Maple Leaf Stadium from Fort York, 1934

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From the bleachers of Maple Leaf Stadium (date unspecified)

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Crowds at Maple Leaf Stadium (date unspecified)

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Just prior to the demolition of Maple Leaf Stadium

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Maple Leaf Gardens, a gem on Carlton in 1934

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Ice Show at Maple Leaf Gardens, late 1930s

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The Circus at Maple Leaf Gardens, 1940s

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Basketball at Maple Leaf Gardens, 1950s

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Hockey game at Maple Leaf Gardens, with Johnny Bower in goal

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Renovations at Maple Leaf Gardens, 1955

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New escalators at Maple Leaf Gardens, 1955

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Daryl Sittler at Maple Leaf Gardens, 1970s

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Harry Jerome at CNE/Exhibition Stadium, 1950

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Miss Toronto contest at CNE/Exhibition Stadium, 1951

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Queen Elizabeth II visits the CNE/Exhibition Stadium, 1959

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Exterior of CNE/Exhibition Stadium, 1959

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1980s (postcard of CNE/Exhibition Stadium)

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CNE/Exhibition Stadium Seating Plan

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Plans for SkyDome/Roger's Centre, 1980s

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The SkyDome in all its early glory (postcard)


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