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Canadian National Exhibition Stadium (more commonly known as Exhibition Stadium or CNE Stadium) was a multi-purpose stadium, that formerly stood on the Exhibition Place grounds, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Exhibition Stadium was actually the fourth stadium to be built on the site since 1879. The covered north-side grandstand was constructed in 1948, followed by a south bleacher section for football in 1959. When converted for football in 1959, the stadium seated 33,150. The stadium was reconfigured again in the mid-1970s to allow the expansion Toronto Blue Jays to play there, with additional seating opposite the covered grandstand on the first base side and curving around to the third base side. It was the only major league stadium where the bleachers were covered but the main grandstand was not.

Originally built for Canadian football, the Canadian National Exhibition and other events, the stadium served as the home of the Toronto Blue Jays, of Major League Baseball, from 1977-1989. It also served as the home of the Toronto Argonauts, of the Canadian Football League, from 1959-1988. The stadium hosted the Grey Cup game twelve times, over a 24-year period.

The stadium hosted concerts by many famous artists, including The Police, The Jacksons, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Robert Plant, David Bowie, Phil Collins, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Jonathan Butler, Kenny G, Madonna, Level 42, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, KISS, U2, The Rolling Stones, Def Leppard, Cher, Aerosmith, Metallica, The Black Crowes, Warrant, Warrior Soul, Dio, Bonham, AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Paul McCartney, Faith No More and Pink Floyd, among others.

In 1999, the stadium was demolished, with the site being used for parking until 2006. BMO Field, a soccer-specific stadium for Toronto FC, was built on the site and opened in 2007.

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