If you’re a Toronto sports fan, Wednesday is the biggest day on the sporting calendar.
All four of the city’s major sports teams will be in action, marking just the sixth time that the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Blue Jays will be playing games on the same date.
And if you’re one of those fans planning to head down to Maple Leaf Square for Game 5 of the Raptors’ series against the Washington Wizards, you’re in for a treat: those in attendance also be able to keep tabs on Game 7 between the Leafs and Boston Bruins, while also staying up to date on TFC’s CONCACAF Champions League Final matchup against Chivas Guadalajara.
MLSE announced Tuesday that Maple Leaf Square will be a combined tailgate featuring the Raptors on the main screen outside the arena, while also hosting a Leafs viewing party with screens at the end of Bremner Boulevard at York Street. For the soccer fans in attendance, a screen will broadcast TFC’s crucial second-leg clash.
“This is a big night for the Maple Leafs, Raptors and TFC; for our fans and for our city,” Nick Eaves, chief venues and operations officer at MLSE, said in a release. “This is a logistical challenge that we are thrilled to face and an experience that we are excited to deliver for our fans. As always, we are thankful to our partners at the City of Toronto and Toronto Police Service for their help delivering a safe and positive event for our fans to celebrate our teams and our city.”
According to MLSE, “there will be two separate entrances for the tailgate parties in Maple Leaf Square located at the southwest corner of Air Canada Centre and a second entrance located at York Street and Bremner Boulevard. Gates to both tailgate parties will open to fans at 5 p.m.”