Toronto Landmarks: Rogers Centre

Home of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Toronto Argonauts and formerly the Toronto Raptors along with many shows, fairs, monster truck rallies and concerts, the Rogers Centre’s iconic dome shape has been a primary component of the Toronto skyline since 1989.

Originally, it was dubbed the SkyDome after a province-wide contest called for suggestions on what it should be named. In 2005, Rogers Communications bought the SkyDome at only four per cent of what it cost to build and renamed it the Rogers Centre.

For your average baseball game, the capacity of the Rogers Centre is around 50,000 but when events like pro wrestling comes to town it can hold almost 70,000 spectators.

The Rogers Centre boasts a prime all-weather event venue rain or shine thanks to its moveable roof that can be kept open or left fully closed, an idea that developed during the 1982 Grey Cup that was held outdoors and was met with serious weather issues and embarrassingly unhappy fans.

The building saw a few changes at the beginning of this season, including the field surface now being covered in a new synthetic grass called Astroturf GameDay Grass 3D, which is one of the most realistic fake grasses available. And this summer, Bon Jovi, the Eagles and U2 will be making stops on their world tours in Toronto and will be performing at the Rogers Centre.

The Rogers Centre will also be a prime sporting arena during the Pan American Games when they come to Toronto in 2015.

One Blue Jays Way Toronto Ontario M5V 1J3 www.rogerscentre.com

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