Toronto is a world-class city when it comes to professional sports. As the home of Canada's only MLB team and NBA team, Toronto also boasts pro franchises in the NHL, MLS, and CFL (the Canadian Football League), among others. Toronto sports fans haven't always had a lot to cheer about in recent decades, but the past five years have brought renewed enthusiasm for major league sports.
Checking out a Toronto sports team is a great way to feel the pulse of the city and we love including these experiences when planning private trips to Toronto for our travellers. No matter what time of year you choose for your Toronto vacation, there are several options available for incorporating some athletic excitement into you itinerary. Here is our crash course on some of Toronto's top teams.
As the only National Basketball Association franchise situated in "The North," the Raptors have fully embraced their outsider image. It seems that the team's fans have, as well, with Raptors gear flying off the racks ever since the "We The North" slogan's 2014 launch. And with Drake as the team's official "Global Ambassador," the Raptors' cool factor is undeniable.
The fans' passion is perhaps best witnessed during the jam-packed outdoor playoff viewing events held at "Jurassic Park" (officially Maple Leaf Square). This could be the next best thing to sitting courtside at a Scotiabank Arena.
Though the Raptors haven't seen championship success in their history to this point, thanks to a gutsy summer trade, they acquired former NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and are eyeing a run at the franchise's first NBA Finals. The chance to mingle with Drake is also reason enough to catch a game next time you're running through the six.
TORONTO The Maple Leafs
Turning to hockey, Maple Leaf fandom is more like a religion than a hobby for many Torontonians. The team's Stanley Cup drought has infamously lasted over 50 years, but the Leafs are currently one of the National Hockey League's most exciting young teams, and the future is only getting brighter.
Win or lose, the Leafs are a hot ticket, and with good reason as diehard fans create one of the greatest atmospheres in any hockey arena worldwide.
Both the Leafs and Raptors play at Scotiabank Arena, which is located just south of Union Station. There are countless nearby restaurant and bar options for pre- or post- game fun, but you can also splurge on drinks and snacks during the game. Arena food has evolved quite a bit over the years, but the footlong remains a classic choice – with plenty of variations available.
The Blue Jays
Toronto's baseball club were back-to-back world champions in 1992 and 1993 when legends like Robbie Alomar and Joe Carter ruled the summer. A pair of recent returns to the playoffs have brought that nostalgic feeling back to the city and given fans across Canada plenty to cheer about.
Tickets are typically available on game day, but top seats are harder to find during weekend games or when rivals the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox come to town.
The Jays play their home games at the Rogers Centre, but be sure to call the stadium by its former name, SkyDome, if you want to best connect with locals. The stadium's retractable roof was the first of its kind, and offers incredible views of the CN Tower overhead when opened on sunny summer days. If you dream day and night of baseball, stay at the Marriott City Centre Hotel, boasting several rooms overlooking the ballpark.
Toronto's most recent championship squad is Major League Soccer's Toronto FC (Football Club). Finalists in 2016, The Reds broke through in 2017 and hoisted the MLS Cup for the first time in franchise history.
Unsurprisingly, the world's most multi-cultural city has embraced the world's most popular sport with boisterous crowds routinely packing BMO Field and creating arguably the best game-day atmosphere in Toronto. The open-air stadium overlooks beautiful Lake Ontario in the city's west end and underwent recent renovations to expand its capacity and accommodate the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. For a unique all-day experience, get your tickets during the Canadian National Exhibition, held annually for 18-days in August and September leading up to the Labour Day holiday - your soccer tickets give you access to all the rides, food and fun!
Professional soccer continues to grow in popularity across the country and continent, and Toronto is one of the cities leading the charge. Fans of TFC are filled with pride for their team, and this excitement is bound to spread as Toronto gears up to host its share of World Cup matches in 2026.