MLS Commissioner Don Garber hinted at it prior to the start of the season. Toronto media reported it last week. Today it became official.
MLS today announced that MLS Cup 2010 will be hosted at BMO Field in Toronto on Sun., Nov. 21.
For the second straight year, the final will be played in primetime (8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and Telefutura). Last year’s evening kick-off in Seattle, was considered a popular move by most fans.
Weather conditions could be a concern in Toronto. The average high on Nov. 21 in Toronto is 43 degrees, and the record low, set in 1879, is 4 degrees. However, on the same day as the 2009 MLS Cup final, when a chilly rain swept through Seattle’s Qwest Field, Toronto enjoyed pleasant 50-degree weather.
The MLS Cup announcement comes on the heels of $5.5 million in upgrades to BMO Field, including the installation of additional seating and a natural grass surface, which is currently in progress. The stadium is due to be ready by the April 15 home opener for Toronto FC.
While it was confirmed that Toronto FC season ticket holders would have priority on MLS Cup tickets, the league said it will release ticket information at a later date.
BMO Field has sold out every match since it opened in 2007, including the MLS All-Star Game in 2008.
MLS Cup 2010 will likely be no different.