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 National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs, the National Basketball Association’s Toronto Raptors Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC, the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts and development teams with the Toronto Marlies (American Hockey League), Raptors 905 (NBA G League) and Toronto FC II (United Soccer League). MLSE owns or operates all of the venues its teams play and train in, including Air Canada Centre, BMO Field, Ricoh Coliseum, MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, BMO Training Ground and the BioSteel Centre. MLSE also provides fans in Toronto incredible live music and entertainment events. MLSE strives to deliver championships to our city and our fans 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 as basketball grew in global popularity as a sport, Toronto aspired for a NBA team of its own. In 1994, Toronto was granted its very own NBA franchise and 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, the company was renamed Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. In 2005, MLSE relocated its AHL team from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Toronto and brought back the Leafs farm club’s original moniker, the Toronto Marlies. That same year, MLSE added an expansion MLS team, Toronto FC, to its roster of premier sports clubs to begin play in 2007. 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 become a signature fan experience location outside Air Canada Centre for Maple Leafs and Raptors playoff games. In January, 2018, MLSE added one of the country’s most iconic sports franchises to the company with the addition of the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts.
MLSE’s desire to create winning teams – and deliver championships to its city and its fans – has always been at the core of the company’s values. It has driven MLSE to strive to continually grow, develop world-class venues, and be at the forefront of innovative ways to bring fans to their feet. This same approach will guide MLSE into the next century of incomparable entertainment.