Chronological Tour: Stop 48


Walking up to Rogers Centre, Jul-2010.

From high above home plate, a look at the entire field and the retractable roof.

A top-down view of the ballpark, from CN Tower, Aug-1992.

Quick Facts: Rating: 3 baseballs
Toronto is the largest and arguably most cosmopolitan city in Canada. Yet its expansion team, granted in 1977, was forced to play in run-down Exhibition Stadium, on the nearby grounds of the Canadian National Railroad’s annual Exhibition.

In 1989, a new stadium arose next to the CN Tower, and the Blue Jays took up residence in midseason. The stadium was the first with a new kind of retractable dome, one that could slide out and enclose the stadium from an origin in center field within about 20 minutes.

The park is known as much for its amenities as for its sightlines. Center field features the SkyDome Hotel, in which game spectators have often observed guests “in action”, as well as a Hard Rock Cafe. McDonald’s was also a supplier of concessions through 1999.

I’ve enjoyed SkyDome on my three trips to the park; every time, I’ve been lucky to experience the place with the dome wide open on a cool, brisk afternoon. The park does lose points, though, for the busy center field as well as the artificial turf. The CFL’s Argonauts play here, as did the NBA’s Raptors for a few seasons until the Air Canada Centre opened three blocks away in 1999.

With Rogers Communications buying the Blue Jays in 2004, the club changed the name of the stadium to the Rogers Centre in February 2005. However, it is anticipated that most Torontonians will continue to refer to the park as SkyDome.

Game # Date League Level Result
97 Sat 21-Aug-1993 American MLB Seattle 5, TORONTO 2
383 Sun 29-Aug-1999 American MLB Texas 4, TORONTO 2
1066 Sat 31-Jul-2010 American MLB Cleveland 2, TORONTO 1
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