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Rogers Centre

Home of the Toronto Blue Jays

1 Blue Jays Way Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5V 1J1 View Map
(416) 341-1000
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Venue Info

Sport: Baseball
League: MLB
Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Year Built: 1989
Stadium Capacity: 50,516

When Rogers Centre, or Skydome as it was known then, opened in 1989 it was a marvel, years ahead of its time with its retractable roof, dozens of luxury suites, restaurants and the hotel built into the stadium that overlooked center field. Other stadiums have since caught up, yet the home of the Blue Jays remains a unique place to catch a game. That it’s located right in downtown Toronto is also a huge benefit, with various bars, restaurants and sights within walking distance.

The gigantic roof is still a distinctive feature, and it can be opened or closed in about 15 minutes. The team tries to keep it open as much as possible to preserve the feeling of outdoor baseball, and it makes for a nice setting with blue skies and the giant CN Tower looming overhead. 


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Rogers Centre is located in downtown Toronto, so plan to ditch the car and explore the city on foot as you make your way to the game or take advantage of the efficient public transportation system. The intersection of Yonge and Dundas is considered the middle of the city, and right there is the famous Eaton Centre, a gigantic shopping complex that also has several restaurants. … Even if you’re not a huge hockey fan, the Hockey Hall of Fame, located in a beautiful building, is a great spot to appreciate Canada’s national pastime. … If you are a hockey fan, your next stop should be Wayne Gretzky’s restaurant and bar next to the Rogers Centre. The roof-top patio is a great spot in summer. … The CN Tower, the world’s tallest structure, looms over the Rogers Centre, and you can peer into the ballpark if the roof is open. Your knees will go weak when you take a walk on the observatory’s glass floor. … Besides the roof, the Renaissance Toronto Hotel in center field is the stadium’s most distinctive feature. It has close to 350 rooms, 70 of which provide a view of the game. That means many fans in the seats also have a view inside the rooms, a fact that’s apparently been lost on a few couples playing some games of their own behind the glass. … They take the ‘stretch’ in ‘7th-inning stretch’ literally in Toronto. The team plays its official fight song, Ok, Blue Jays, while several young people take to the field to lead the crowd in stretching exercises. Don’t worry, it’s over quickly. … Another opportunity to get out of your seat will come when The Wave rolls by. It may be passé at many parks but not in Toronto, so get up. … Canadians know how to brew beer (and drink it), so forget the Budweiser and have a domestic, specifically an Alexander Keith’s IPA, brewed in Nova Scotia. And don’t bother trying to figure out exactly how much it is as the listed price doesn’t includes taxes or take into account the exchange rate. … Head to Jack Astors after the game, where there’s good food and always a lively scene at the bar. If you’re looking for a mellower spot and a pint of Guinness, hit P.J. O’Brien’s or the Irish Embassy Pub

 

Wayne Gretzky’s, 99 Blue Jays Way, (416)  348-0099 

Jack Astors, 144 Front Street West, (416) 585-2121

P.J. O’Brien’s 39 Colborne St., (416) 815-7562

Irish Embassy Pub, 49 Yonge St., (416) 866-8282

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At Wise Guides, we believe “spectator” should be a verb. Not because you should suck down 12 beers, run on the field and try to take the first baseman’s job — you shouldn’t. It’s because there’s so much more to going to a game than simply sitting in your seat watching the action. There are stadiums and neighborhoods to explore, food and drink to try, history to learn and interesting people to meet. Try our Wise Guides tips, they are funny, helpful and, we hope, interesting.

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