Lamport Stadium
Lamport Stadium
Lamport Stadium
Location in Toronto
Lamport Stadium
Lamport Stadium
Location in Ontario
Lamport Stadium
Lamport Stadium
Location in Canada
Full nameAllan A. Lamport Stadium
Location1151 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M6K 1E9
Coordinates43°38′20″N 79°25′23″W / 43.63889°N 79.42306°W / 43.63889; -79.42306Coordinates: 43°38′20″N 79°25′23″W / 43.63889°N 79.42306°W / 43.63889; -79.42306
Public transitBSicon CLRV.svg  504  King
OwnerCity of Toronto
OperatorToronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation
Capacity9,600
Field size110 x 75 m
SurfaceArtificial turf
Construction
Built1974–1975
OpenedJuly 1, 1975 (1975-07-01)
Renovated2007–2008, 2018
Tenants
Rugby League
Canada national rugby league team (2013–present)
Toronto Wolfpack (NARL) (2017–present)
Rugby Union
Toronto Arrows (MLR) (2019)
Soccer
TFC Academy (CSL) (2008–2012)
SC Toronto (CSL) (2008–2012)
Toronto FC II (USL) (2018)
Internacional de Toronto (L1O) (2014)
Serbian White Eagles FC (CSL) (2014)
Lacrosse
Toronto Nationals (MLL) (2010)
Athletics
Ryerson Rams (U Sports) (2012)

Allan A. Lamport Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium on King Street West in the Liberty Village neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the practice facility for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. It is also partial home for Canada national rugby league team. The playing surface of the 9,600 seating capacity stadium is also dually marked for soccer and field hockey.[citation needed] The stadium was named for long-time Toronto politician Allan Lamport, who was associated with sporting activities in the city.[1]

History

Lamport Stadium was built during the winter and spring of 1974–1975 on the site of the Andrew Mercer Reformatory for Women,[2] and opened on July 1, 1975.[3]

Renovation works at Lamport Stadium in April 2008.
Renovation works at Lamport Stadium in April 2008.

As part of a deal with the city to convert BMO Field to natural grass, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment spent CA$1.2 million adding a winter bubble to Lamport Stadium in the winter of 2009–2010.[4][5][6] MLSE manages the operations of the facility during the winter season, when the field is covered by the dome and community soccer programs are held.

Facilities

Since opening in 1975, the playing surface has been artificial turf.[citation needed] Lamport Stadium's indoor field measures 68 metres by 105 metres, allowing a full eleven-a-side game.[7]

Sports usage

Canadian football

The home games of the semi-professional American football team Toronto Athletics Football Team were played at the stadium from 1993 to 1996. The team provided players looking to keep playing sought to be scouted by professional gridiron football teams. The Athletics won the Mid-Continental League Championship in 1993, and was ranked as high as 9th over all in the American Semi Professional Football Rankings in 1995.[citation needed]

In 2018, the professional Canadian football team, the CFL's Toronto Argonauts, announced that they would use the stadium as their practice facility.[8]

Lacrosse

The Toronto Nationals played their 2010 season at Lamport Stadium before moving to Hamilton.

Soccer

Since the opening of Lamport Stadium the National Soccer League used the stadium as a home venue for many of its clubs based in Toronto.[9] Both SC Toronto and Major League Soccer team Toronto FC's Academy side played their Canadian Soccer League home games at Lamport Stadium. The OUA's Ryerson Rams soccer teams also call the stadium home. In 2014, the Serbian White Eagles of the Canadian Soccer League and Internacional de Toronto of League1 Ontario also played their home games at the stadium. Toronto FC II announced in August 2017 that it would move its home games from the Ontario Soccer Centre to BMO Field and Lamport Stadium beginning with the 2018 season.[10] However, with their drop to the division 3 USL League One for the 2019 season, the team moved their home games to BMO Training Ground.[11] The University of Toronto Schools high school team also uses Lamport Stadium as a practice field and for home games.

Rugby league

On 21 May 2012, it was announced that Lamport Stadium would be the new home of the Canada national rugby league team, the Wolverines.[12] Their first game of 2013, the Colonial Cup opener against the United States national rugby league team saw a crowd of nearly 8,000 turn out to witness a comeback from the Wolverines.[citation needed]

The stadium also hosted a professional rugby league club, the Toronto Wolfpack, which began playing there in 2017.[13] On May 18, 2019, Lamport hosted the inaugural Americas 9s tournament.[14]

International matches

Date Home Score Away Competition Attendance
21 July 2012  Canada 18-12  Jamaica Caribbean Carnival Cup 4,630[15]
11 August 2012  Canada 36-18  Lebanon Friendly 2,300[16]
6 October 2012  Canada 4-68  England Friendly 5,100
6 July 2013  Canada 36-20  United States Colonial Cup 7,200[17]
20 July 2013  Canada 38-14  Jamaica Caribbean Carnival Cup 5,700[18]
7 September 2013  Canada 20-28  United States Colonial Cup 3,128[19]
24 September 2013  Canada 22-30  United States Colonial Cup 5,176[20]
21 June 2014  Canada 18-40
Royal Air Force
International
5 July 2014  Canada 12-36  England International
19 July 2014  Canada 24-20  Jamaica Caribbean Carnival Cup 3,129
9 August 2014  Canada 52-14  United States Colonial Cup 7,356
20 August 2016  Canada 6-38  England International
3 September 2016 Canada East Canada 18-22 England England Young Lions International
24 September 2016  Canada 8-14  United States 2016 Americas Rugby League Championship,
Colonial Cup
15 October 2016  Canada 10-22
South Wales Ironmen
Club vs. Country -
16 September 2017  Canada 18-38  United States 2017 Americas Rugby League Championship [21]

Rugby union

In January 2019, Major League Rugby expansion team, the Toronto Arrows announced that they would split home games between Lamport Stadium and Alumni Field at York University for their inaugural season.[22] They were scheduled to play games at the stadium in 2020, but the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team will move their home games to York Lions Stadium for the 2022 season.[23]

Non-sports usage

Besides sporting events, the stadium also hosts a major Caribana event each summer: the crowning ceremony for the King and Queen of Caribana.[citation needed]

Homeless Encampment

The area around the stadium became a homeless encampment for a period of time, but was cleared by police and city staff on July 21, 2021, resulting in arrests of both homeless people who had been staying there and protestors standing in solidarity with them. Images of police brutality from the incident heavily circulated various social media platforms as well as getting coverage from a variety of news outlets[24][25][26]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Government loan launches stadium on old Mercer site". The Toronto Star. Toronto. October 31, 1974. p. C3.
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  23. ^ "ARROWS ANNOUNCE 2022 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE". Toronto Arrows. November 9, 2021. Retrieved November 10, 2021.
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