Toronto Mayor John Tory wants sports fan in The Six to be patient when it comes to the return of live games.
The home of the Toronto Argonauts, BMO Field, is owned by the city of Toronto.
“I would just say to people, don’t hold your hopes out that you’re going to see professional sports played in Toronto, even in front of an empty stadium, before sometime into the fall,” Tory told Sportsnet 590 The Fan Writers Bloc.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, the city of Toronto extended the cancellation of permitted major festivals and events with attendance of more than 250 people through July 31, and those with attendance of 25,000 or more through August 31. However, the resumption or cancellation of professional sporting events is not included.
“In Toronto, in stadiums, even without spectators, there’s probably a way to work it out – subject to all those questions that I asked about contact between players, size of teams, arrangements on the bench,” Tory said.
“As time goes on, if you were saying ‘OK, in September there’s a chance we could have some of that,’ I would not say no.”
Hub cities are hot topics among the NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS as North American pro sports leagues try to figure out the best way to possibly hold games amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Although, the former CFL commissioner has yet to be approached by any league about the possibility of Toronto being a hub.
“What are the rules gonna have to be in order to keep everybody safe? We haven’t been asked to come to grips with that, just because nobody’s asked,” Tory said.
“Nobody’s said, ‘Okay, we are going to be a hub, we’re going to play these games here.”