Maple Leaf Gardens Reborn

PuckI have fantastic memories of attending Maple Leaf games at Maple Leaf Gardens. As a kid in the 1980s, I'd get to one or two games a year, usually against bottom-feeding Norris Division teams, where's I'd sit in the Greys and cheer like hell. I loved that old barn, so I'm glad they're bringing it back to life.

A $60-million partnership between Ryerson University, Loblaws and the federal government will bring Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto "back to life."

On Tuesday the federal government announced a $20-million contribution from its infrastructure fund to get construction started.

Another $20 million will come from Ryerson students, while the final $20 million will be raised in partnership with Loblaw Cos. Ltd.

"We're bringing Maple Leaf Gardens back to life," university president Sheldon Levy told a morning news conference announcing the renewal project.

The iconic building at the corner of Church and Carlton streets will become a multi-purpose facility. Part of the building will be a Loblaws supermarket, while other parts will be turned into an athletic centre for the university.

"This new centre will be a 150,000-square-foot space for Ryerson students and the public to use," said federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. "Once completed it will include an NHL-sized skating rink, a running track, basketball and volleyball courts, a fitness centre and more."

I can't wait to take my kids skating at MLG.

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Miississauga Blogger

I was there for the last game.
We were broadcasting from just inside the doors off Carlton street on February 13, 1999.

December 1, 2009 @ 4:17 PM

Mississauga Mike

That's great! There was something odd about going to Future Shop in the old Forum...

December 1, 2009 @ 4:39 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Weston family copped a good deal, 2/3rds government money, 1/3 private sector. 60 million will just be the start of this money pit. Hell the ice rink is going to be on the 3rd floor.

December 1, 2009 @ 9:10 PM

felix

I was excited by the news, too. Well, until I saw the rendering with the Loblaws banners all around... then it just looked... I dunno... wrong.

December 1, 2009 @ 10:13 PM

Ryan

Will they be able to bring the smell of MLG back????

For me it was all about the first inhale when you entered the gardens and hit your escalator.

December 2, 2009 @ 7:21 PM

A.R.

I have a plaque with a photo of the last second of NHL hockey at MLG.

December 2, 2009 @ 8:38 PM

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