Only 1 member of our family is a Toronto Maple Leafs fan - Rayyan. While all of us enjoy watching hockey on TV, it is father and son who go to see Maple Leafs play live at Air Canada Centre.
Now unlike Argonauts fans, Maple Leafs fans are not noisy at all. This is a well known fact. People say this is a noticible difference between a typical Leaf and say a Habs (Montreal Canadians) fan. But the game is always exciting.
Rayyan cheers for his Maple Leafs and especially for its Mississauga connection - Matt Stajan. The game he watched was against Montreal, which also has a Mississauga connection of its own - Tom Kostopuolos.
Father and son come back quite excited about the games, although both of them keep telling that they miss the blowhorn and noise that all of us make at an Argonauts game.
Its hard getting tkts for the Maple Leafs NHL team, so head to the Ricoh Colliseum, about a mile west of Union station (accessible by the local rail network, about a 10 min journey from Union). Here you can watch the Marlies play (ie the Maple Leafs youth team) and £15 will buy you premier seats, rink side.
Another good way to actually get to watch a game at the Air Canada centre in watch the Raptors (basketball NBA team). Almost guarenteed tkts.
Yes Toronto sometimes has a NBA basketball team. I say sometimes because recently they have not been so good. There is a good side to this because tickets are easy to comeby on game day and some of the Raptors of the 05-06 season look like they will have excellent futures in the NBA. This is especially the case with Chris Bosh who has emerged into a superstar. However the team is very inconsistant and has trouble beating quality teams. Still I like basketball and part of the joy is to see the stars on the other teams play too. In the game I photographed here, you can see famed players like Shaquelle O'Neal and Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat in the shots. They actually kicked the Raptors's butts so my emotions were mixed about the game. Great to see a basketball legend at his best but you wish the game had been more competitive.
The Raptors play at the Air Canada Centre which is a fine 19,000 seat stadium within easy reach of most of the downtown hotels
Toronto Marlies Ice hockey team . Cheaper tickets then the Leafs . $54 top price compared to more like $500 for the leafs . My seat was two rows from the front and next to the away teams team bench .
Equipment: Wear something warm !
From October to April the NBA is in town and even if you are not a basketball fan going along to a game is well worth it if not just to see the hype that goes along with it.. The basket ball is really good, but the action never stops. Every time there is a break something comes on like, the cheerleaders, kids basketball, slam dunk contests ect.
Toronto's NHL hockey team
GO LEAFS GO for 2005 Stanley Cup !
The Leafs are one of the most sucessful franchises in the history of the NHL. The leafs have many talented allstar players, such as Mats Sundin, Alex Mogilny, Gary Roberts, Joe Nieuwyndyk, Owen Nolan, Ed Belfour, Brian Leetch, Bryan McCabe, Ron Francis...
Home to the Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) & Toronto Rocks (NLL), the Air Canada Centre is Toronto's newest sports entertainment venue, & is already a favourite among Torontonians. Within it contains decorative walls of the land's former tenant, Canada Post Corporation.
Here you could watch games featuring professional superstars like Vince Carter of the Raptors (one of the most popular players in the league)...
Many concerts & large gatherings are also hosted here. Check ticketmaster or Air Canada Centre's website for ticket information & availability.
Funded entirely out of private funds, it is one of North America's premier sports venue.
You could recieve a Air Canada Centre tour at a modest admission price (in CAD):
Seniors & Students - $10.00
Children - $8.00
Check for ACC tickets by clicking here.
Hockey is a great past time for a lot of Canadians. It is a wonderful show of showmanship and skill.
Equipment: If you go to a game make sure to bring a sweater and make sure not to buy anything to eat in the arena, it's expensive.
Another great sport to watch is basketball! So if there is no baseball game going on you might go to an basketball game instead! The Raptors play at the Air Canada Centre. Besides basketball you can also watch the Maple Leafs icehockey team in action in the Air Canada Centre.
Here are there websites where you can check out where and when there next game is :
What I loved about Toronto was that everything was so close and basically you can walk to where ever you want to go.
People in Toronto are mad about ice hockey, and now I know why.... The Toront Maple Leaf's who play at the Air Canada Centre are a great team, it was good fun, and it is a good sport too.....
Some people REALLY get into the game, LOL :-) Great though to see characters like this walking around! It all just adds to the atmosphere of going to a game.