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TORONTO -- Renovations are underway at BMO Field, with a light being left on at the construction zone if the money can be found
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TORONTO -- Renovations are underway at BMO Field, with a light being left on at the construction zone if the money can be found to shoehorn in the Toronto Argonauts. Irving Fryar Jersey . First up is a $105-million facelift to a bare-bones stadium built on a $62.5-million shoestring as part of the deal to bring the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and Major League Soccer to Canada. "It became really obvious to us that we were taking a backdoor in Major League Soccer relative to our facilities, even in a seven-year-old building," Bob Hunter, chief facilities and live entertainment officer at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, said after the ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday. "This is going to take us back to the top of the MLS stadium category," he added. Phase 1, to be completed by May 2015, will see the stadium capacity raised to 30,000 with 8,500 new seats plus additional washrooms and concessions, in the East stand. A larger high-definition video board will replace the existing screen at the north end while new suites and premium areas will help add to the MLSE coffers. MLSE can add another 10,000 temporary seats, which it hopes will be enough to bring a Winter Classic to Toronto. The Phase 1 deadline is to ensure a larger BMO Field is in place for the Pan American Games next summer, with rugby sevens expected to be a showcase event at the lakefront venue. Phase 2, slated to start in September 2015 and end May 2016, will see the addition of a canopy covering all seats with the exception of the North stand, as well as a new sound and lighting system. MLSE, which owns the MLS team and runs the city-owned stadium, is putting in $95 million to help pay for the first two phases. The city is kicking in $10 million, which MLSE will repay with interest over 20 years. Phase 3 is where the Argos come in, with a plan to reconfigure the field to accommodate CFL football. Cost of all three phases is going to be $125 million, with MLSE looking for the provincial and federal governments to contribute $10 million apiece. That has yet to happen, so Phase 3 is on hold. There is a time concern. The Argos have a lease at Rogers Centre through 2017. But that deal cant be renewed, meaning they must find a new home for the 18 campaign. The city wants the Argos to join Toronto FC at BMO Field. But it has gone along with MLSEs wish that $20 million come from elsewhere. Hunter says if everything falls into place, the football phase could be accelerated. "Summer of 16 at best. And could be as late as summer of 17." But it could come down further down the line in terms of construction, as needed. Councillor Mark Grimes, chair of the Exhibition Place board of governors, is doing his best to bang the BMO Field drum for the CFL team which used to play at the now demolished Exhibition Stadium. "Im a huge Argo fan and a huge CFL fan. I think its very important we get them back home here where they belong," he said. MLSE also wants it to happen, Hunter said. "Weve always hoped that the CFL comes," he said. "Its a natural situation, a great solution for them." Hunter has plenty of deadline pressure already. "Its going to be very tight," he said. "As you can see, we started only last week. Theyre busy. We have a lot of work to do before May but were totally confident that well be there." Another deadline is May 9, 2015, when Toronto FC wants to play its first home game of the 2015 season. Toronto FC players Steven Caldwell and Michael Bradley liked what they saw from the artists renditions. "Very exciting times ahead," said Caldwell, the TFC captain. "We all cant wait for it to be done," added Bradley, who did his part in the groundbreaking ceremony by manning a bulldozer in the work zone east of the stadium. Chairman Larry Tanenbaum spoke for MLSE during the formal part of the proceedings. CEO and president Tim Leiweke was a silent partner at the event. Tom Brady Patriots Jersey . Catch the action live on TSN2 at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. The Wild lead the Northwest Division and look to get back into the win column after having a season-high seven-game winning streak cut short with Tuesdays 2-1 loss at Winnipeg in the finale of a five-game road trip (4-1-0). Sebastian Vollmer Jersey . Gustafsson controlled the first round after getting top position on a throw, and came out much more forcefully in the second, buckling Manuwa with a Muay Thai knee, and finishing him off with strikes on the ground. http://www.authenticpatriotsfanatic.com/c-44-patriots-tre-jackson-jersey.aspx . Replay backed him up. Adeiny Hechavarria immediately followed the ruling with a go-ahead sacrifice fly for the Miami Marlins, who held on to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Sunday completing a three-game sweep. EDMONTON -- Mike Reilly scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in his return as quarterback to help the Eskimos to a 33-16 victory over the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, ending Edmontons two-game skid. The Eskimos improved to 8-3 and moved into a tie for second place in the CFLs West Division with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. All three of Edmontons losses this season have come against Calgary. Montreal had a two-game winning streak snapped to fall to 3-8, however the Alouettes still have a share of the lead in the struggling CFL East, tied for first with Toronto. Montreal has failed to capture a road win this season in five attempts. The game had a very slow start, with Edmonton taking a 2-0 lead midway through the opening quarter on a safety. The Eskimos added a 39-yard Hugh ONeill field goal to lead 5-0 at the end of the first. Things didnt get much more exciting from there for quite some time. Montreal responded with a 39-yard field goal of its own from Sean Whyte early in the second quarter. Edmonton took a 6-3 lead with five minutes left after a missed ONeill field goal attempt. The games first big play came with four minutes remaining as Kendial Lawrence returned a punt 51 yards in Montreal territory, however it wasnt long before Tyler Thomas fumbled the ball away on a rushing play, with Winston Venable scooping it up for the Alouettes. A 46-yard field by Whyte with 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter made it 6-6 at halftime. Montreal only had four first downs in the first half. Edmonton surged back into the lead three minutes into the third quarter on a 16-yard ONeill field goal, squandering a 54-yard passing play from Reilly to Fred Stamps that gave them first-and-goal from the Montreal 11 to make it just 9-6. Whyte kicked a 42-yard three-pointer to tie it 9-9 with five minutes in the third quarter left. The third quarter ended with yet another fieeld goal as Edmonton went back up by three on a 31-yarder by ONeill. Joe Thuney Patriots Jersey. The pace picked up in the fourth quarter. Montreal finally became the first team to find the end zone 30 seconds into the fourth as quarterback Jonathan Crompton passed to a wide-open Duron Carter for a long 64-yard touchdown strike. However, Edmonton came roaring back to regain the lead two minutes later as a 48-yard passing play to Adarius Bowman eventually set up a one-yard TD plunge by Reilly to put Edmonton up 19-16. The Eskimos stayed in the higher gear and put together a competent drive that was capped of when Thomas found a hole and scampered 20-yards across the goal line with seven minutes remaining in the final frame. Edmonton continued to look like an entirely different team in the final quarter as they made it 33-16 on a seven-yard Reilly TD run with 1:37 remaining. Notes: Reilly returned to the lineup after being replaced by Matt Nichols for his teams back-to-back losses to Calgary after suffering a thumb injury early in the Eskimos victory over Toronto on Aug. 23 à With Edmonton kicker Grant Shaw lost for the season with an upper body injury, Hugh ONeill took his place for the second straight game. Veteran kicker Luca Congi was signed earlier in the week by the Eskimos, but did not suit up against Montrealà Alouettes quarterback Jonathan Crompton started the season with the Eskimos, but found himself as the fourth-stringer and was released on July 9. Crompton earned wins in his first two starts with Montreal, helping his team defeat Ottawa and Hamilton before returning to face his former club on Fridayà The Alouettes are still in search of their first road win, the deepest they have gone into a season without getting one since 1983. No Montreal team has had fewer than three road wins in a season since the franchise rejoined the league in 1996. 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