I was honored with tickets from my Toronto buddy Elad to a Blue Jays vs KC Royals game during my visit to Toronto. It was my first pro-baseball game and it was a groovy experience!
Rogers Centre is located in Downtown Toronto, across from the CN Tower and a stadium that you can't miss. It's best to take in a professional game while you visit. Locals, as my friend told me, referred to it as the SkyDome before 1995. But of course, I'm not local, so I'll call it by what it's known now. The stadium is also home to concerts in addition to the sports games. This 49,000+ seated stadium is something you gotta check out during your stay in Toronto.
In the shadow of the CN Tower, Toronto's Skydome has a retractable roof , which allows it to serve as either a domed or open-air stadium depending on weather conditions. It is the home to the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball.
Offering more than sports viewing, the Skydome also has a built-in hotel with rooms that overlook the field. In fact, one time baseball fans were quite distracted from the game as two people decided to engage in sexual activity in their room -- and in plain view of thousands!
The Skydome also boasts a restaurant with giant picture windows that overlook the field.
Located next to the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, formally known as the Sky Dome is home to the Toronto Blue Jays, the baseball team and the Toronto Argonauts the football team. Opened in 1989 and hosts concerts, trade shows and conventions. The impressive stadium is also famous for its retractable roof. While guided tours are available, we did not have time to go on one. It is quite an impressive structure; I wish I could have watched a game. Construction of the Rogers Centre began in 1986 and completed in 1989.
The Blue Jays played their first game in 1989 when the stadium was opened. Rogers Centre hosts baseball as well as the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts. Because the movable dome, the lower stands are on rollers, and the Astroturf field rolls up, conversion from baseball to football takes only 10-12 hours. Opening or closing the roof takes about twenty minutes. If you find yourself in Toronto during a game, I think it would be cool to watch and even see the dome open and close.
The Rogers Centre, formally known as the Sky Dome is home to the Toronto Blue Jays (baseball) and the Toronto Argonauts (football). It also hosts concerts, trade shows and conventions. The impressive stadium is also famous for its retractable roof.
It's possible to take a guided tour of the stadium. However, while I was in Toronto, the Blue Jays were at home. I opted to see them play an afternoon baseball game against the Texas Rangers. All I remember was that it was a very hot day and Toronto won.
The web site listed below is clutch because when you click on it it will tell you the status of the dome, open or closed.
The Rogers Centre (was called the Sky Dome) is the home of a few different sport teams like the Toronto Blue Jays (AL) and Toronto Argonauts (CFL; 1989-2004)
It Opened in June 5, 1989, and is know for it's Retractable Dome which can be opened or closed. The baseball field was first surfaced with AstroGrass in 1989, but was changed to FieldTurf in 2005. The building can hold 50,516 for baseball and 53,000 for football.
Construction on the Rogers Centre started in April 1986, and the Blue Jays played their first game there three years later. In addition to baseball, the Rogers Centre hosts the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts, concerts, and a plethora of other sporting events. Because the movable lower stands are on rollers, and the Astroturf field rolls up, conversion from baseball to football takes only 10-12 hours. Opening or closing the roof takes only 20 minutes. The roof was closed during a game twice in the Blue Jays’ first year in the dome, and four or five times a year since then.
Here are some statistics i found
-Site of the 1991 All-Star game.
-Jumbotron scoreboard is 33-feet by 115-feet and has 420,000 light bulbs, the largest in the world.
-Apex of the retracted dome is 310 feet making it the tallest in Major League baseball.
-The bullpens are located just behind the ten-foot-high outfield wall, so portions of the wall are made of chain link fence, allowing the managers to see who’s warming up on each side.
-A 348 room hotel is located in center field. 70 of those rooms have views of the field. On at least three occasions, spectators have been provided auxiliary entertainment by patrons inside the hotel during a game.
-When the roof is open, the closed end of the stadium serves as a wind scoop which causes a downdraft in the outfield that tends to prevent home runs.
-There are no bleachers.
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Rogers Centre, also known by its original name SkyDome, is a multi-purpose stadium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario.
It is home to Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays and the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts. While it is primarily a sports venue, Rogers Centre also hosts other large-scale events such as conventions, trade fairs, and concerts.
Rogers Centre is also noted for being the first stadium to have a fully retractable motorized roof and the only stadium to have hotel rooms attached to it, with 70 rooms overlooking the field. It is also the last North American major-league stadium built to accommodate both football and baseball. Since 1989, all the newer major-league stadia in Canada and the United States have been built specifically for one sport or the other (although some of the newer baseball parks have been known to host the occasional college football game.)
Exploring Toronto took us a day with heaps of modern buildings and architectural marvels to see. An engineer would be very fascinated to see the city I suppose. We were amused by the sport mad Canadians in their fave team colours, as there were about three competitions going on that day we first arrived at the city.
We walked everywhere, visited the Rogers Centre, the metro Convention Centre, of course the CN Tower, a small park with a few flowers and shrubs, etc. As it was April, spring was just beginning to sow its colourful harvest so a lot of the area was still dry particularly the roadsides from the airport going to Toronto.
While back in the city for another meeting in June, 2004 our group was treated to an evening baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although this was only the second major league ball game that I have ever attended, the big attraction for me was my first visit to Toronto's famed Skydome. This sports complex, which can seat 50,500 spectators for baseball was built between 1986-1989 and features an 11,000 ton retractable roof. It was closed during our visit because, although the temperature was 30 degrees C, there had been a severe thunderstorm cell pass through the city that evening. Also, in the middle of the photo you can see the Jumbotron video screen, the 2nd largest in the world when the Skydome opened. I really enjoyed the whole atmospere and it was a good ball game too - some nice fielding plays, a home run with fireworks afterward and a great view of the action as Toronto rolled to a 4-0 victory! Mind you, I did not have to pay the $54 ticket price (US$40)!
The second photo was taken in March, 2008 as I took off from Toronto on a flight from Regina, Saskatchewan to Fredericton, New Brunswick. It gives a nice view of the downtown core of the city along the shore of Lake Ontario, including the circular 'white' Skydome and Toronto's landmark world's tallest structure next-door!
Rogers Centre is home of the Blue Jays (Toronto's Baseball Team and winners of back to back World Series of 1993 and 1994) and of Argonauts (Toronto's Football Team of the Canadian Football League). Besides, it hosts music concerts and cultural events.
Rogers Centre is one of the most beautiful stadiums in North America. When its' roof is off, one can have a beautiful view of the CN Tower and its changing colour formations. The Centre is located next to the CN Centre and tourists can actually kill two stones with a single stone.
We love Rogers Centre, perhaps because we are used to visiting it thanks to the Argonauts. The only problem is parking. There are 3 big parking lots in the vicinity, but they can get filled up quickly on 'special events night' at the time Toronto Maple Leafs are playing in the nearby Air Canada Centre. For parking, we tend to go south on Bay Street and find cheaper parking near Queens Quay.
Actually the Skydome is now called the Rogers centre, but since I dont approve of corporate naming rights I don't have to use the name.
Baseball is a great game to watch, has pretty easy rules to understand, and is relatively cheap too.
So some day when the Blue Jays are in town (and during the season they are there VERY often), get a ticket - from about $15, and enjoy the night out
Get tickets at the stadium, aor buy over the web - use the web addresses for directions
Home of the Toronto Bluejays baseball team, the Skydome is noteworthy for it retractable roof which allows the team to play their games whether there’s rain or sun. A hotel overlooks the field and in past years, fans have observed couples enjoying their own entertainments. Be sure to bring binoculars to be able to watch the game more closely.
I don't care how many companies own this facility and how often they'll change its name - for me this will forever be the Skydome. When it opened in the late 80's we were all agog by the retractable roof, since that seemed to spice up the otherwise dull baseball games. The Skydome really found a place in the imaginations of all Torontonians in the early 90s (93 and 94) when the Blue Jays won back-to-back World Series pennants. It was the point at which baseball replaced the much beloved game of hockey as Toronto's pride and joy. Unfortunately the subsequent strike dealt a blow to the popularity of the game from which it has yet to recover. For this reason the Skydome is rarely filled for baseball games. Its a bit more fun to simply go down to the Skydome area, see if the roof is retracted or not and enjoy the views of the city from around the Dome.
Rogers Centre is noted for being the first stadium to have a fully-retractable motorized roof, as well as a 348-room hotel attached to it, with 70 rooms overlooking the field. It is also the most recent North American major-league stadium built to accommodate both football and baseball, although some of the newer baseball parks have been known to host the occasional college football game. While it is primarily a sports venue, Rogers Centre also hosts other large-scale events such as conventions, trade fairs, and concerts.
Rogers Center (Formerly Toronto Skydome) situated close to Lake Ontario and the CN Tower, the world's first multi-purpose retractable domed stadium, and now a defining part of the Toronto skyline.Home to the Toronto Blue Jays since the 1989 season, as well as the Argonaut Canadian Football League squad, this $500-million-plus architectural marvel (formerly known as SkyDome) is the first stadium to have a fully retractable roof. Seating more than 50,000 for baseball, the stadium boasts the world's largest JumboTron scoreboard, a 346-room hotel with some suites facing the field, and a Hard Rock Cafe with field-view seating. Guided tours operate daily depending on the event schedule: Entrance Fee is CAD12.50.
Welcome to Rogers Centre, Toronto! The famous centre was formerly known as Skydome up to Year 2005. The world's first multi-purpose retractable domed stadium is situated in the heart of downtown Toronto which is the venue of several entertainment any season all year-round. Rogers Centre is a sports centre but also hosts other events like concerts, trade fairs, and conventions.
It is convenient to visit Rogers Centre. The Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Argonauts are headquartered within the building. There are many attractions to see in the area, so come visit the Rogers Centre now. This is one of the places in Toronto that you should not miss.
This remarkable stadium is most well known due to its retractable roof.
It recently changed its name from Skydome to Rogers Centre. Many people did not even realize this! There is abundance of information. I suggest diving directly to their website to read more!