Toronto To Host 2008 MLS All Star Game

The MLS All-Star Game is headed north of the border.

Commissioner Don Garber announced Wednesday the 2008 game will be played at BMO field, home of Toronto FC.

Garber made the announcement ahead of Thursday's All-Star Game in Colorado. The date of the game, and a world-class international opponent, has yet to be determined.

"Toronto's response to the arrival of MLS has been nothing short of extraordinary," Garber said. "Clearly, BMO Field will provide a vibrant and enthusiastic setting for the 2008 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game. We are excited to partner with MLSE and the passionate soccer fans in Toronto to hosting this memorable display of the world's game."

"Toronto's passionate and knowledgeable fans have embraced MLS and hosting the 2008 MLS All-Star Game provides a terrific stage to showcase Major League Soccer's exciting product," said Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. "This two-day event will make a significant contribution to profiling our world-class city in more than 100 countries, while providing a strong economic injection to tourism."

BMO Field, located at Exhibition Place near downtown Toronto, is Canada's first soccer-specific stadium. With a capacity of 20,000 BMO Field is home to the Canadian National Soccer Team as well as Toronto FC, Canada's first Major League Soccer team.


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