Take a Tour of the Leafs Nation Mobile Fanzone
Horsemen have a saying: they’re at the post.
Blue and White Week, a celebration of all things Maple Leafs, kicks off Monday and builds into the Leafs home opener against the Montreal Canadiens Saturday at Air Canada Centre.
In between will come two huge tailgate parties, trips through an exact replica of the Maple Leafs’ dressing room, thousands of prizes and endless speculation on the fortunes of a rebuilding Leafs’ team.
What can Curtis Joseph bring? Will rookie Luke Schenn
develop even more quickly into a front-line defenceman? Can Anton Stralman and Nikolai Kulemin
step forward as impact players?
Those are just some of the subjects to be kicked around all week long and there is no place better to do it than the Leafs Mobile Fanzone. The Fanzone is a 30-foot-long full replica of the Leafs dressing room. It begins a tour of the city on Monday and will bring Leaf and Marlie players to neighborhoods and workplaces all over the GTA.
On Thursday, Dundas Square at Yonge and Dundas will become a hockey village as the Leafs travel to Detroit to take on the Red Wings in the season opener for both teams. There will be giveaways, Leafs tickets, music and live broadcasts of the game on big screens. Naturally, the Mobile Fanzone will be on hand and a dryland skills competition will give revelers a chance to showcase their skills. The event begins at noon.
After last spring’s heartening run to the third round of the playoffs, the Marlies open their season at Ricoh Coliseum, Friday. There will be more tailgating from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the Fanzone will be on hand.
Saturday, Air Canada Centre becomes a fan-friendly paradise with an opening night tailgate. Fans can watch the game on big screens and live music, giveaways and appearances by Leafs alumni and entertainers will keep the event rolling from the 4 p.m. opening to closing time.
“Blue and White week is our chance to paint the town blue, to reach out to the greatest fans in the world and celebrate our shared love of hockey,” said Shannon Hosford, MLSE’s senior director, marketing.