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.