Varsity Stadium, home of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues football team, founded in 1877.
Football's roots are only a stone's throw away from here. The first documented gridiron football match was played at University College, University of Toronto in 1861. The original Varsity Stadium was built in 1898. It was renovated in 1924 and again in 1950 when it reached its peak capacity of 20,000. It was a classic 'U' shaped college football stadium, but it was demolished to build this new structure in 2007. The new structure seats 5,000. The redevelopment greatly enhances the quality and scope of athletics facilities at Varsity due to the inclusion of an athletics track. Varsity looks great today, but sometimes I wonder if the destruction of Canada's sporting heritage was too great a price to pay.
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