PCL managed an aggressive two-year renovation and expansion of BMO Field that provided Toronto FC with one of the top stadiums in Major League Soccer. PCL brought together an expert team of subcontractors to collaboratively develop an approach to expanding and enhancing the aging stadium (originally built by PCL in 2007) within its existing structure, while aligning the plan with MLSE’s business goals to fasttrack the schedule and provide a maximum return on investment.
The first phase of the renovation, a 12-month project compressed into just seven months, included construction of an 8,400-seat upper bowl on top of the east grandstand, bringing capacity to over 30,000, the addition of a continuous concourse level and kitchen, and enhancements to washrooms, concessions, and executive VIP spaces.
PCL mobilized on-site in mid-October following the completion of Toronto FC’s 2015 season to finish the second phase of the project, focused on creation of a canopy roof. To integrate the arrival of the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts, PCL completed an additional scope of work to include an extension to the field of play, new movable north and south stands, new home and visitor locker rooms, and field lighting. To ensure that BMO Field remains a soccer-first venue, the playing field is a dual system between natural grass and artificial turf. Along with a new sound and lighting system, these upgrades bring BMO Field on par with other premiere MLS venues, enhancing the fan and player experience by providing a louder, more energetic stadium, as the venue prepares to welcome other world-class events.