Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd (MLSE) is Canada’s preeminent leader in delivering top quality sport and entertainment experiences to our fans. MLSE is one of North America’s leading providers of exceptional experiences. It is the parent company of the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies, the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs, the National Basketball Association’s Toronto Raptors and Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC. MLSE operates many of the venues its teams play and train in, including Air Canada Centre, BMO Field, MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence and Kia Training Ground. MLSE also provides fans in Toronto incredible live music and entertainment events. MLSE strives to give its teams what they need to win and bring the world to its feet.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were established in 1917 as one of the Original Six teams that made up the fledgling National Hockey League. Even through the league’s humble beginnings, the Maple Leafs were among the bigger draws for fans. Of course, as the league grew, so too did the Leafs’ popularity and success, until eventually the Toronto Maple Leafs became one of the top hockey brands in the world.
The Maple Leafs had a prosperous 70 years as the premier sports franchise in the city, but fans were begging for a sibling. In 1994, the sports gods relented, granting Toronto its very own NBA franchise. The Toronto Raptors were born.
In 1998, the Toronto Maple Leafs merged with the NBA’s newest expansion team and together moved into their new home, the state-of-the-art Air Canada Centre. With this merger, MLSE as we know it was born. In 2005, MLSE relocated its AHL team from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Toronto, re-named the team the Toronto Marlies and leased the beautiful Ricoh Coliseum for the Marlies to call home. That same year, MLSE added an expansion MLS team, Toronto FC, to its roster of premier sports clubs. MLSE also helped build BMO Field on the historic Canadian National Exhibition grounds as Toronto FC’s home stadium, next door to Ricoh Coliseum and only a short drive from Air Canada Centre. In October 2010, to round out the fan experience, MLSE completed Maple Leaf Square, a $500 million project that includes two mixed-use towers and what would later be named the Ford Fan Zone at Maple Leaf Square outside Air Canada Centre dedicated to fan-focused events.
MLSE’s desire to create winning teams for its fans – to be a winning team in its own right – has always been at the core of values. It has driven MLSE to strive to win championships, grow its family of teams, develop spectacular venues, and continually innovate ways to bring fans to their feet. This same approach will guide MLSE into the next century of incomparable entertainment.