Toronto Mike

Maple Leaf Gardens Reborn


I 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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