7 Take-Aways from this Season’s Rugby in Liberty Village

photo courtesy of RICHARD LAUTENS / TORONTO STAR

Anyone who has spent some time in Liberty Village on rugby game day throughout the summer has seen the fervor that takes over the neighborhood every time the Toronto Wolfpack have come in to play.

The Game Continues to Gain Popularity

It seems that with each game that passes, the crowd at Lamport Stadium continues to grow. When one thinks of Toronto, they might associate it with the Jays, the Leafs, or the Argonauts. The Wolfpack are new to the table but they’ve been steadily gaining more press for their impressive performance in the Rugby Football League (RFL) system. They’ve also been bringing a fun, sports-driven atmosphere that’s not really been seen in the neighborhood in some time.

The Tickets are Affordable

Anyone who has tried to see the Leafs knows how expensive some games can get. Something that really works in the Wolfpack’s favor is that tickets are very affordable. Tickets are only $21 plus fees to buy them ahead of time. At the gate, the cost is approximately $30. Considering the average attendance being between 6,000 and 7,000 fans this past season, it shouldn’t be too difficult to pick up tickets at the gate. In terms of trying to find something to take the whole family to or if your date is into sports, joining the Wolfpack at Liberty Village’s Lamport Stadium can be a fun way to see some rough play. While you’re at it, grab a beer and some food, and have a party with it.

The Team is actually Really Good

The Wolfpack’s performance this past season positioned them as nearly unstoppable. Originally founded in 2016, the club is currently set to compete for the RFL Championship in 2018. The Toronto Wolfpack have made history as the 1st North American team to play in the RFL system, the first professional rugby team in Canada, and the world’s first trans-Atlantic rugby league team. This is something that not only Liberty Village should be proud of but that all of Toronto should take pride in. The Wolfpack recently closed the rugby season on September 16, 2017, in a winning matchup that drew their biggest attendance to date with 8,456 screaming fans.

The Wolfpack will be Returning again Next Year

The Toronto Wolfpack are committed to returning to Lamport Stadium for another two years. The team is on a three year lease currently.

Watch the Wolfpack on CBC Sports

The Toronto Wolfpack games are not televised on mainstream Canadian television – at least not yet. TV rights were given to specialty channel GameTV with digital rights extended to the CBC Sports website. If you can’t make it out to Lamport Stadium, check it out on the CBC Sports website live or check out the Wolfpack YouTube channel which regularly archives the games.

The Crowd is a Mix of Calm and Rowdy

Game-day energy is restrained for the most part however in the beer garden, diehards tend to get a little excited. The play itself is quite violent at times with bodies smashing into each other. This is not a big deal for most however some parents concerned about exposure to violence with their kids might keep this in mind walking in.

Post-Game meet the Players

Several times throughout this past season, post-game, Wolfpack players shook hands, took pictures, and signed souvenirs for fans. This has created a really fun, intimate environment that has made some Liberty Village fans diehards within a couple games.If you’ve not been to a Toronto Wolfpack game in Liberty Village yet, take the opportunity to go next season. It’s a really fun day and it’s some of the biggest events that will be held in Liberty Village all year. The pre-game when it’s sunny is really friendly and you may be able to get to know a few of your

If you’ve not been to a Toronto Wolfpack game in Liberty Village yet, take the opportunity to go next season. It’s a really fun day and it’s some of the biggest events that will be held in Liberty Village all year. The pre-game when it’s sunny is really friendly and you may be able to get to know a few of your neighbours in the wait. The game is passionate, the post-game is a nice come-down, and the after party can continue at any of Liberty Village’s restaurants and pubs. Many attendees end up smitten with the team, and it’s the hope for the Toronto Wolfpack to continue to be a major attraction in Liberty Village for years to come.

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