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Toronto Attractions:
Professional Sports Teams

Among the many Toronto Attractions, the city hosts a number of professional sports teams, from MLB baseball (Blue Jays), through NBA basketball (Raptors), CFL Football (Argonauts), NHL Hockey (Maple Leafs), NLL Lacrosse (Rock), to MLS soccer, (Toronto FC).

You'll find two of those teams, Blue Jays and Argonauts, at another one of the Toronto attractions, the skydome, now called the Rogers Centre. It's retractable roof (see photo below) allows games to be played whatever the weather, which is an attractive feature for families and fair weather fans.

The Blue Jays were World Series Champions in the 1992-3 season and are generally contenders most years. They have a solid base of fans, which makes attending a baseball game is a great way to spend a summer afternoon or evening. Their season runs from April to October and you can book tickets here.

Toronto Attractions - Sports Teams and Skydome

The Argonauts season runs from June to November, which fits best with a Fall Colours trip rather than a summer visit. Canadian Football is closer to American Football in appearance and play than the Rugby game they all developed from where passing and throwing the ball is mainly with the hands.

Canadian Football's principal trophy is the Grey Cup, named for Governor-General Earl Grey, of the family who gave the world the bergamot-flavoured tea, Ontario its Grey County and history Lady Jane Grey, the short-lived pretender to Mary I's throne who was beheaded shortly after being deposed.

Book your Argonaut tickets here.

Toronto Attractions: Maple Leaf Sports Franchises

The Air Canada Centre (ACC) is home to the Maple Leafs, the Raptors, the Marlies (in the American Hockey League). Hockey and basketball are more expensive sports to watch and played only at the edges of the regular vacation season. But if you're here in spring (season ends middle of April) and autumn (begins early October) you can pick up a hockey or basketball game. Tickets for the Maple Leafs range from about $150 to about $500. The Rock's season runs from January to May.

Ice hockey is considered to have started on ponds in eastern Canada as a way for British soldiers to while away the long winter days in the early 1800's and from that developed local teams all over the north-east corner of the continent and today the National Hockey League (NHL). The NHL's major trophy, the Stanley Cup, was given by Canada's Governor- General Lord Stanley back in 1892.

Toronto's Major League Soccer (MLS) team, Toronto FC, play at BMO Field, a new purpose built 20,000 seater stadium. Their season runs from late March to the end of October The team only began in 2005 and have yet to make their mark in the league but they have a dedicated following and almost every game is sold-out. The team's fans make attending every game an event with their enthusiasm so it's well worth a visit.

For the latest information on seats and pricing for the Maple Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC, visit their company website here.

If you're visiting for one of the games, here's our page of downtown hotels, You can book right from there.

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