Toronto Argonauts

What to expect when Argos start season at BMO Field

Toronto may be hosting the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup later this year, but well before that, the Argonauts will kick off their season at home in the newly renovated BMO Field on Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.

This game will pit the Argonauts against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in what Sara Moore - the senior VP of business operations for the Argonauts and the COO of the 2016 Grey Cup Festival - describes as a mini Grey Cup where fans will finally get to celebrate their new home with a festival-like atmosphere.

"We could not be more excited about the move to BMO Field," says Moore. "It's the perfect size stadium for a Canadian Football League team."

Since 1989, the Toronto football team has been playing out of the Rogers Centre. But, Moore knows the more intimate outdoor stadium at Exhibition Place will help fans create new game-day traditions - and those, of course, include tail-gating.

"Without question that's a huge part of football culture and it's really been missing in football culture here in Toronto," she says, noting how Exhibition Place has plenty of space for licensed pre-gaming activities.

But, Moore doesn't want these activities to be too prescribed. "The most authentic tailgates are the ones that sort of come from the fans," she says. "We're just going to help provide the pieces that they need and then allow them to really create their own culture and community and celebrations."

Will you grab tickets to see the Argos face the Ti-Cats for their first game of the season on June 23? Let us know in the comments.


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