1. A return of the Leafs to their original home
Alright, I’ll admit this entry comes with a dash of self-interest. As a Ryerson student and lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, it would be absolutely amazing to see the Buds make a one night only return to their old barn.
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A venue of immense significance to the hockey world, the building formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens is now the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Home to Ryerson’s hockey, basketball and volleyball teams, along with a Loblaws, the building has stayed true to its sporting heritage.
Whilst the iconic marquee and exterior of the building have been preserved, the interior is almost unrecognizable. However, there is still a rink and 3,800 seats, meaning a return of the Leafs to the arena that once bore their name isn’t all that farfetched.
Primed to put the “heritage” back in heritage classic, this event could be a sort of made-for-TV affair, with all of the due pomp and circumstance. The configuration of the rink would allow for unmatched proximity to the ice for spectators, meaning ticket prices — if left to the free market — would get exorbitant.
However, not many teams have the illustrious past of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and even fewer have the opportunity to return to the building where it all started. For one night only, the Leafs could provide some of their older fans with a trip down memory lane, and the younger generation with a window into the past.
Which of our five Toronto fantasy sporting events would you most like to see? Do you agree that the Toronto Blue Jays’ idea is the least likely? Also, are there any other Toronto fantasy sporting events you would include in the list? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.