Toronto Canada Sports
Canada's largest city is home to a notoriously unsuccessful hockey team, but there is no doubt that the Toronto Maple Leafs are the winners of 13 Stanley Cup titles. The team's roots go back to the early days of the Canadian National Hockey League (NHL) in the mid-19th century.
The team was founded as the Ontario Raiders and played at what is now the University of Toronto until they moved to Toronto. The team sold out its first home game at the Air Canada Centre and now plays home games at the AirCanada Centre.
Toronto has teams in almost all major professional sports, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Argonauts and Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto currently has one of the largest sports markets in the United States with a population of more than 1.2 million people. Toronto and the surrounding area have a large number of restaurants and bars as well as a wide selection of retail stores and restaurants.
From February to October, Toronto can go from one game to another, and in summer, you can play at Rogers Centre, Rogers Place, Air Canada Centre and Rogers Arena.
The arena is 635,000 square feet and is operated by the same group that owns the Leafs and Raptors. The Raptors share Scotiabank Arena with the Maple Leafs, who are part of Toronto's DNA. If you are unable to attend any of the NHL games, you can be connected with them, and a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame is a must.
The Toronto sports teams have a strong fan base in the city and have earned Toronto plaudits by winning championships and titles. The Argos also has the highest attendance of any Toronto-based sports team in North America, but has withdrawn from the Canadian Football League (CFL), one of Canada's most popular professional sports leagues. Toronto's new Rogers Centre, home to the Toronto Argonauts, can accommodate up to 50,000 visitors.
Toronto's basketball team, the Raptors, who won the 2019 NBA championship, has the highest attendance of any NBA team in North America and the second best in the world. Toronto's hockey team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, is best known for its success, but Toronto has not won a Stanley Cup since 1967.
The Ricoh Coliseum has been home to the Toronto Maple Leafs for 30 years, while the smaller arena on the Exhibition Place site is home to the local farm team, the Toronto Marlies of the Ontario Hockey League. When the Ricoh Coliseum is vacated and the Maple Leaf's move to Toronto, a new tenant will be found for the facility.
The Toronto Wolfpack will begin the 2017 season in League One and will also be the first Canadian team to play in the Rugby Football League. The league consists of two Toronto-based clubs, the Toronto Rovers (owned by former Toronto Maple Leafs owner John Tavares), who are from the United States and play their games at Varsity Stadium. This is the league's first foray into North American Rugby League (NAL) and the second in Canada.
An earlier version of this article listed the Blue Jays as a team owned by Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment. In 2005, MLSE moved its AHL team from St. Johnas, Newfoundland, to Toronto and brought the farm club Leafs back. The NPSL will return to Toronto for the 2016-17 season and play at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.
As basketball became a sport in popularity around the world, Toronto aspired to have its own NBA team. The Maple Leafs had 70 successful years as the city's premier sports franchise, and the league grew and grew. They eventually became one of the best hockey brands in the world. Only when John Bitove was granted an expansion franchise by the NBA after Tanenbaum's partnership with the Maple Leaf did the Toronto Raptors join the NBA for the 1995 / 96 season. Only in the 2014 / 15 season did our city have its own team again, albeit under a different name.
In the early 1970s, Maple Leaf Gardens Limited announced plans to bid for a second Toronto-based Canadian football team to play at Varsity Stadium, but the proposal never went to the world. When the A-League and USISL Select League merged for the 1997 season, Toronto's expansion team, called the Toronto Lynx, debuted in the combined league that bore the name "A League."
In 1998, the Ontario Raiders of Hamilton were founded by the Toronto Rockies, who were active in the National Lacrosse League. The Toronto Raptors were formed in 1999 from a merger of the Canadian Basketball League and the North American Football League.