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Sports or Concerts, Anyone?
This is the Rogers Centre/Skydome located just next to the CN Tower and is the place for many sporting events, concerts, and other activities. I was surprised at just how close it is the the CN Tower. Literally, if you walk outside the Tower, you are at the Rogers Centre! A strange footnote of little consequence... I used to work for a fiber optic cable manufacturer and Rogers Cable was one of my accounts. Isn't that interesting??? Ok, go back to sleep...
SkyDome - Rogers Centre
I also had the pleasure to visit the SkyDome on one trip to Toronto. It is impressive, I have to get back there though for a ball game or some event.
The tour is still impressive though and I enjoyed all the old memorabilia from the Toronto Blue Jays world series victories in the early 90s. The building is famous for its retractable roof and the size of the building itself. The entire Rogers Centre development is 12.7 acres, 143,000 square feet of exhibit space on field level, volume inside with roof closed - 56.5 million cubic feet (1.6 million cubic meters), the diameter of the building is 700 feet, the building itself is 11.5 acres (4.66 hectares) and the ceiling height is 310 feet.
During the time of my visit the place was being prepared for a Jackie Chan stunt show or something like that, so I didn't get to see the ball field diamond.
Toronto's Retractable Roof
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.
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We went to watch Liverpool vs Porto at the Skydome on July 30th 2004. The stadium is certainly impressive. Massive, clean, loads of clean toilets (this means a lot to me).
I was amused by two local guys sitting behind me. They were supporting Liverpool who were not playing very well and lost in the last few minutes. One guy behind me said to his pal "Well ya know, these guys don't seem to be playing so good tonight" It was so cute. If it had been a football match in England the comment would have been "These stupid F*****s are sh**e. Maybe only English readers will appreciate the humour!
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Enjoy a Ballgame in the Skydome
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!
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Admire the architecture of Rogers Centre
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.
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Rogers Centre (formerly Skydome)
Skydome has been recently renamed to Rogers Centre. I'll still call it Skydome as it sounds less commercial. Skydome is a great entertainment complex, with restaurants and a hotel. It's home of the Blue Jays, Toronto's baseball team and the Argonauts, Toronto's football team. Other than sporting events, Skydome also holds concerts, trade shows and conventions. The roof can open or close in 20 minutes, making it first in the world.
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The Toronto Skydome
The Skydome sits beneath the CN Tower in downtown Toronto. It is home to the 1992 and 1993 World Series Champions Blue Jays as well as the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts.
It has a retractable roof which covers 8 acres and rises to a height of 31 storeys. It takes 20 minutes to open or close the roof.
You can take a one hour guided tour of the facility for $12.50. Visit the website for a discount coupon.
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Skydome is a must!
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!
Next to the CN tower is the Skydome or Rogers Centre (as you could see in my previous tips). The Skydome is a huge stadium, which is the home of (among others) the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club.
This piece of art that you can see in the picture is on the corner of the building. It is created by Canadian artist Michael Snow and is called "The Audience" It is a portrayal of fans and it is made in two pieces : on the northeast and northwest entrances to SkyDome and is really fun to see.
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When we were in Toronto the big thing on at the Skydome was the WWF.
We diddnt go and see the wrestling, but the skydome itself is amazing! Its home to the Argonauts (Canadian Footy team) and the bluejays (baseball).
They have a hotel overlooking the playingfield!
The Skydome is an engineering wonder. It's the stadium that houses the Toronto Blue Jays MLB team. When the weather is nice, the skydome roof opens up, letting all the natural sunlight in. If the weather turns sour, the skydome roof closes up.
A complete cycle (open to close) of the roof takes around 15 minutes I believe.
Rogers Centre (Skydome)
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.)
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Hosts over 200 event days a year. There have been over 2000 events, and more than 60 million people have visited the rogers center from its opeaning day on June 3 1989.
Rogers Centre is the home of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club™, World Series Champions in 1992 and 1993, and the Toronto Argonauts Football Team™ who won the Grey Cup in 1991, 1996, 1997 and 2004. From 2008 to 2012, the venue also hosted a total of 8 Buffalo Bills football games (NFL).
Rogers Centre's capacity ranges from a few thousand to upwards of 50,000 seated guests for sport events, concerts, family shows, trade shows and conventions. In 1997, the facility hosted a record 302 event days with announced attendance for events and tours of 4,500,000, making it one of the busiest venues in the world. Since 2006, Rogers Centre has opened its doors to over 3.5 million guests on a yearly basis; not including private functions.
Construction Cost $570 million
($937 million in 2015 dollars)
and lasted about two and a half years from October 1986 to May 1989
On November 2004 Rogers communications Acquired the $937million dollar stadium ( believe it or not) for a whooping $25 million dollars
How Big Is It?
The entire Rogers Centre development is 12.7 acres (5.14 hectares)
There are 143,000 square feet of exhibit space on field level
Volume inside with roof closed is 56.5 million cubic feet (1.6 million cubic meters)
The diameter of the building is 700 feet
The building itself is 11.5 acres (4.66 hectares)
The ceiling height is 310 feet
The Retractable Roof
The world’s first fully retractable roof opens or closes in 20 minutes
The roof rises to a height of 86 meters (282 feet), high enough for a 31 storey building at centre field with the roof closed.
The roof is made up of 4 sections which open in a smooth, circular motion
The north panel remains stationary while the other three panels retract
The roof covers 8 acres (3.2 hectares) and weighs 11,000 tonnes
Rogers Centre Videoboard
All videoboards in Rogers Centre are LED displays that are capable of displaying 4.3 trillion colours
The main board is 110' x 33' and one of the largest anywhere in the world
The boards are only 2" thick
If a ball were to strike part of the board during the game, and break it, that piece could be replaced instantly
In 1992, Rogers Centre set the World Record for the greatest number of Hot Air Balloons in an enclosed area - 46 inflated Hot Air Balloons on the field!
If one were to line-up all the hot dogs served at Rogers Centre in one year, the hot dogs would cover the distance of 3,241 stolen bases.
They say "milk does a body good." Rogers Centre can hold a lot of milk for a lot of healthy people. It would take 1,56 billion litres of milk to completely fill Rogers Centre. Thirsty anyone?
Eight 747 planes or 743 Indian Elephants or 516 African Elephants can comfortably fit on the Rogers Centre field when set in baseball mode.
A 31-storey office building can fit inside Rogers Centre when the roof is closed.
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I'm a season ticket holiday with the Bluejays, seeing I'm currently living in Toronto. The Skydome is an awesome stadium. I'd truly reccommend it. My tip is to buy the $9 seats, which are for the very top of the top level. No one checks tickets up there, and its always easy to find an empty seat nearer to the action after the third inning or so.
Alternatively, the same $9 allows you to stand behind homeplate or anywhere on the ground level of the stadium.
Go to the team website to purchase tickets in advance of your trip: www.bluejays.com
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