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Road Trip An Itinerary for Rogers Centre
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