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Rogers Centre opened in 1989 to be the home of the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. Known as the SkyDome, the venue has seen success for the Blue Jays, as well as plenty of other notable events in the world of sports and beyond. Renamed the Rogers Centre in 2005, the building has hosted four different major sports teams in Toronto, along with some of the biggest names in entertainment in its history.
The decision to build Rogers Centre was based on the perceived need for a retractable roof venue in Toronto. That conversation started after a Grey Cup game, the championship game of the Canadian Football League, which was played in Toronto during a massive rain storm. The retractable roof of the Rogers Centre allows the team to play in an outdoor venue during clear weather, and indoors during inclement weather, reducing cancellations of events.
Toronto has witnessed two championship teams since the Rogers Centre was built, when the Blue Jays won back to back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. The highlight of those two titles came in Game 6 of the 1993 series against the Philadelphia Phillies, when Joe Carter sent the SkyDome into euphoria with a walk-off home run that secured the championship for the Blue Jays.
Other teams that have been hosted at Rogers Centre include the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, and the Toronto Raptors, who played their NBA home games at the SkyDome for a five year period in the late 1990s. Other teams have also occupied Rogers Centre on a part-time basis, with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL and Toronto FC of the MLS playing there on occasion.
Q: What are the best places to sit at Rogers Centre?
A: Rogers Centre's In The Action seating is as close as you can get to the action at Rogers Centre. Located behind home plate and next to first and third base, these seats are located closer to the field than the dugouts themselves. For fans looking to enjoy seating at a more affordable rate would be best served to check out the field level bases section in the 100s, which are located near the corners along each foul line.
Q: Rogers Centre tips and tricks
A: Rogers Centre opens anywhere from two hours to 90 minutes before first pitch, with batting practice going on about an hour and a half from the start of the game. This is a great chance to snag a ball off the bat of a Blue Jay or a visiting player when the crowds are at a minimum. Fans can enter the stadium through any entrance, with the exception of Gate 8, which is reserved for fans in specific sections. If the gate closest to your seat is packed, walking around until you find one that isn't crowded is your best bet.
Q: Rogers Centre club areas
A: The TD Comfort Clubhouse is the one club seating area available at Rogers Centre. Located behind home plate in the 200-level, this seating section offers patrons a bar and buffet to enjoy both before and during game action. There is also in-seat refreshment service available in this section, which is perfect for fans in need of refreshments who do not wish to miss any game action.
Q: What makes Rogers Centre unique?
A: Rogers Centre was the first retractable roof stadium in all of North America, a trend that has caught on around the continent since then. The highest point of its roof is 282 feet high, with its accompanying structures having been hit by balls on the rare occasion.