Rob Ford was swarmed at the Air Canada Centre Saturday night by fans hoping to get a photo with the mayor.
Ford was one of thousands who took in the Maple Leafs final home game of regular season play as they took on the Winnipeg Jets.
The mayor was accompanied by councillor Frank Di Giorgio.
Di Giorgio told 680News he was with the mayor most of the game, until they were separated by the mob of people wanting a photo with the mayor.
“I just assumed that we would get to watch a bit more of the game than we ended up watching,” Di Giorgio said, referring to the constant interruptions from people.
Images and video of Ford surrounded by people chanting “Ford More Years” were plastered all over social media.
So many people were trying to take pictures with the mayor that officials briefly escorted Ford out of the section so as to not cause a disturbance.
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At one point Di Giorgio and Ford tried to enter the Directors’ Lounge but were turned away.
“[Ford] wasn’t completely caught off guard, but he was insistent that he should be allowed to go there. And that’s where things got a little unruly,” Di Giorgio said.
The mayor was “visibly upset” that he was not allowed in the exclusive lounge, said Di Giorgio, who believes Ford’s vote against granting MLSE $10-million for the BMO Field expansion had something to do with Ford’s being denied entry.
The pair tried to leave the ACC just before the game ended, but more people swamped the mayor for photographs, eventually separating Di Giorgio from Ford.
According to social media reports, the mayor later attended Muzik nightclub.
The Maple Leafs lost the game 4-2.