BMO FIELD - TFC FOOTBALL/SOCCER HOME STADIUM

BMO Field is an outside pitch at Exhibition Place in Toronto. Originally having artificial turf, our team reconstructed it to natural grass.

Key Details

Project Owner

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment

Project Location

BMO Field at Exhibition Place, Toronto

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Case Study

Changing to Natural Turf

When the Toronto Football Club arrived in Toronto, ON, it was apparent the artificial field that was in place at BMO needed to be changed to a natural turf field to meet the demands of world class football players. One year after the renovation to a natural field was completed, Greenhorizons was brought in and consulted to help solve a drainage problem that was occurring. The original natural turf installation was done with native sod which is what is on most people’s lawns. Native sod does not drain as well as other options so Greenhorizons suggested its GHG Ultimate Sports Turf System grown on engineered sand which would drain rain water much quicker. The decision to custom grow a sod on engineered sand profile was decided. Greenhorizons removed the thick cut native soil sod that was there, laser graded & top dressed the field up to original grade and installed a GHG Ultimate Turf Sod™ grown on, and top-dressed with engineered sand.

Challenges

Tight time constants due to having to wait until the Football season ended would mean the potential of running into early winter weather which could derail the installation & establishment process of the sod.

Results

Early summer the following year, the Women’s Soccer Teams from Canada and the USA, were scheduled to play a friendly game billed as “The Rematch,” at BMO Field. Prior to the game a heavy rainstorm hit. Ten minutes after the rain stopped the referee cleared the field for play. The field was able to drain itself in a quick and efficient manner whereas if the field stayed on native soil that heavy rainfall would have sat on top unless removed physically.

CORPORATE OFFICES

Hamilton

Hamilton Sod

2907 Upper James St.
Mount Hope, ON
L0R 1W0
(905) 389-1315

Cambridge

Compact Sod

1625 Kossuth Rd. Cambridge, ON
N3H 4R6
(519) 653-7494

SOD OUTLETS

London

Middlesex Sod

4227 Dundas St.
London, ON
N5V 5C6
(519) 268-7518

Halton

Halton Sod

(905) 878-1011

Oakville

Ontario Sod

2376 Royal Windsor Dr.
Oakville, ON
L6J 7Y2
(905) 849-1915

Brampton

Brampton Sod

(905) 450-5715

Niagara

Niagara Sod

130 Bunting Rd.
St. Catharines,
ON L2P 3G5
(905) 984-8448

CORPORATE OFFICES

Hamilton

Hamilton Sod

2907 Upper James St.
Mount Hope, ON
L0R 1W0
(905) 389-1315

Cambridge

Compact Sod

1625 Kossuth Rd.
Cambridge, ON
N3H 4R6
(519) 653-7494

SOD OUTLETS

London

Middlesex Sod

4227 Dundas St.
London, ON
N5V 5C6
(519) 268-7518

Oakville

Ontario Sod

2376 Royal Windsor Dr.
Oakville, ON
L6J 7Y2
(905) 849-1915

Niagara

Niagara Sod

130 Bunting Rd.
St. Catharines,
ON L2P 3G5
(905) 984-8448

Halton

Halton Sod

(905) 878-1011

Brampton

Brampton Sod

(905) 450-5715