Why I Love Toronto Reason #35
I love the whole collegiate feel, the Friday night lights events. I’m not sure why but I love school football, high school, university whatever, I love it -it’s so cool. And what is the one stadium in Toronto that embodies the collegiate? Varsity Stadium at U of T.
As a kid I remember it being the starting point for the CIBC Run For The Cure. I remember standing in the middle of the stadium with Cancer survivors and people who had been affected by Cancer in some way. I remember sitting in my Red Wagon with my juice box and my short haired sister and looking around at that huge stadium. I am still in amazement to this day with the Varsity Stadium and cannot imagine U of T or Toronto without it.
Let`s get into some history first. The stadium is located on the corner of Bloor and Devonshire. It is home to the Varsity Blues, who before 1898 played in King College Circle. But in 1989 the Blues got a home at Bloor and Devonshire and their first game was against Queen`s university. In 1901 a track was built and a grandstand. It wasn`t until 1911 when the actual stadium was constructed. It is important to note that the Argonauts (Toronto’s football team) called Varsity home at one point and the stadium was the site of 30 grey cups! In 2004 the stadium was demolished, so the stadium I described above in my red wagon isn’t the one that stands today. Today the new Varsity has 5,000 seats for football, soccer as well as track and field and they put a bubble over it during the winter (U of T)
There have even been some epic concerts held at Varsity. Kiss had a concert there and the Rock N`Roll Revival Concert took place at Varsity which was deemed an important part of Rock N`Roll History
No matter how many facelifts the stadium has had over the years it`s representation for everything collegiate, it 30 grey cup wins and epic concerts make it the reason
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