As the countdown begins for the Toronto FC's home opener against Houston Dynamo on May 10th, all eyes are on BMO Field as the first of three phases of its renovation is essentially complete. Developed by Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment and designed by San Francisco-based architecture and planning firm Gensler, the $65 million renovation added new elements to BMO field such as an enlarged east grandstand which brings an additional 8,400 new seats along with new washrooms and concession stands.

BMO Field, Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment, GenslerA view of the west grandstand from the east, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Flint

When we last checked in, the BMO Field's east grandstand was near completion as it waited for the installation of 500 seats. Now a month later the east grandstand's new addition is fully complete with all 8,400 seats in place.

BMO Field, Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment, GenslerA view of the new east grandstand from the west, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Flint

In the images below we see the final product of the East Field Club, which is located below the east grandstand. The first phase of the renovation has added 12 new executive suites, 2 party suites and a 5,795 square foot loge box to the East Field Club.

BMO Field, Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment, GenslerA view of the loge area at the East Field Club's lodge box, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Flint

The Rogers Club has added an additional 250 seats, increasing its capacity to 750 seats. The Rogers Club has also modified its look and has added upgraded food, beverage and washroom facilities.

BMO Field, Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment, GenlslerThe Rogers Club's new look, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Flint

At the time of our last update the north end of the stadium was seeing a much newer and larger full HD videoboard being installed, replacing its predecessor. Now the installation is complete and the videoboard is up and running. 

BMO Field, Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment, GenslerA view of the new full HD videoboard from the southeast, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Flint

Work on the second level concourse addition, near the south end of the stadium, is near completion, as construction workers are adding the finishing touches. The concourse addition enables a singular continuous passage connecting east and west concourses.

BMO Field, Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment, GenslerWorkers adding the finishing touches to the second level concourse, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Flint

While the majority of the BMO field renovation is ready for the home opener, there will still be some elements that will take longer to be completed. One such aspect is the new elevator that is located at the stadium's west side. Since our update in April the elevator's shaft has reached its full height.

BMO Field, Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment, GenslerElevator shaft under construction at the west side of the stadium, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor Flint

With phase one ready for TFC's 2015 season, the $45 million second phase of the renovation will begin as the 2015 season comes to a close. It will add a full size canopy covering all seats with the exception of the north grandstand, as well as a new sound and lighting system.

BMO Field, Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment, GenslerRendering of the updated BMO Field, image courtesy of MLSE

Renderings of the BMO Field Expansion can be found in our dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the space provided at the bottom of this page.