By J.P. Hoornstra, AllPuck.com
You’ve got to hand it to Toronto for going big.
How better to respond to the Maple Leafs’ first playoff appearance in nine years than by creating the world’s largest goal light?
Maple Leafs fan Scott Booth has created a petition on Change.org calling for Toronto’s iconic CN Tower to be turned into the world’s largest goal light for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ upcoming NHL playoff run. The petition has nearly 6,700 signatures as of this writing.
“How can we show the world just how big of fans we really are, while also paying our respects to the boys in blue who got us here, and uniting the entire city, allowing them a way of following along with what is sure to be a very exciting playoff run?” Booth writes on his petition. “With the biggest goal light of all time: The CN Tower.”
According to a release issued by change.org, Booth came up with the idea some time ago but didn’t start the petition until the Maple Leafs clinched a playoff so as to avoid “jinxing” his favorite team. The Leafs clinched a playoff berth by defeating the Ottawa Senators two days ago.
Booth was inspired by a Budweiser campaign where fans can have goal lights installed in their homes and have them go off each time their favorite team scores a goal. He’s directed the petition at a number of groups including the CN Tower, the Leafs and even Budweiser, in the hopes that one of them will be able to help bring his idea to life.
While Booth was glad to hear that the CN Tower was thinking about doing something special for the Maple Leafs’ playoff run, he maintains that “the goal light idea is way better.”
“This would get the whole city fired up,” Booth said. “Imagine how incredible it would be to see the CN Tower Light up red every time Toronto scored a goal!”