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Experience the Park Rogers Centre Fan Guide
Soak up the Scene at the Rogers Centre
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. Almost two decades out other teams and parks have caught up with various upscale amenities of their own (not necessarily a good thing), 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.
The Renaissance Toronto Hotel in center field is the stadium’s most distinctive feature. The hotel 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 enjoying themselves behind the windows. If you want to stay at the hotel you’ll pay for that view. Rooms with a stadium view and one king bed or two doubles were going for $339 (Canadian) per night in early September 2008. A similar city view room could be had for around $200.
The gigantic roof is still a distinctive feature of the stadium, too. It can be opened or closed in about 15 minutes, and the team tries to keep it open as much as possible to preserve the feeling of outdoor baseball. It makes for a nice setting with blue skies and the giant CN Tower looming overhead. While a closed roof provides warmth for those early-season games and protection from the rain, it can also create a humid, stuffy environment in the summer.
Here are some other things to expect when visiting the Rogers Centre:
- During the 7th-inning stretch get ready to stand and exercise. 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. They take the ‘stretch’ in ‘7th-inning stretch’ literally in Toronto.
- There’ll be other opportunities to get out of your seat during the game, such as when The Wave rolls by. It may be passé at many parks but not in Toronto, so get up. When in Toronto …
- If you’ve got the little ones along head to the Kids Zone, located between sections 236-240, where there are interactive games, a playground and food geared towards children. The Jays let fans 14 and under run the bases after every Saturday home game.
You’re certain to see Ace, the Blue Jays mascot, who’s all over the place during the game, often dancing or running through the seats and high-fiving fans.