The Toronto FC are returning home. Today, the team announced on their social media pages that they have been granted permission to return home to the team's home stadium at BMO Field. The Toronto FC wasn't the only Canadian MLS team to get the green light to return home today, either. The CF Montreal also received the governments' approval to return home.
Toronto and Montreal have not played in their respective home stadium since the MLS' initial shutdown at the pandemic's start last March. Both teams are eligible to return home this Saturday. Toronto FC President Bill Manning expressed his excitement over the governments' decision.
"The importance of this return home for our team can't be overstated. It has been a long, hard time on the road due to pandemic protocols. We have greatly missed the energy and support of our fans at BMO Field. Our return to Canada gave the team an incredible boost this week and we look forward to an emotional night at BMO Field with our fans on Saturday."TFC President Bill Manning speaking upon the team returning to Toronto
Blue Jays, Raptors looking to return home next
The Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Raptors will surely like this news about the TFC returning home. The Toronto Raptors haven't played in Toronto since last March. They spent the entirety of this season at a temporary home in Tampa Bay, Florida.
The Toronto Blue Jays, on the other hand, haven't played in Toronto since 2019. The Blue Jays spent the 2020 season at their AAA affiliate Buffalo Bisons' stadium. They then spent the beginning of the 2021 season at their Spring Training stadium in Dunedin, Florida. The team has since relocated back to the Bisons' stadium.
The Blue Jays submitted an official proposal to the Canadian Federal Government last week to the Rogers Centre. In this proposal, the team proposes:
- Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated indivudals on the home and away team will adhere to a modified quarantine for the first 14 days in Canada
- These players will be permitted to leave their residence only to partipate in baseball activities at the Rogers Centre
The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to return to Toronto by July 30th, whereas the Toronto FC return to Canada this Saturday for the first time in a very long time.