My first game at the Rogers Centre was on September 9th, where I watched the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Chicago Cubs. The Blue Jays won which is nice since I’m generally rooting for the home team wherever I go. The game was good but I think the more interesting thing to report on, and why I travel around to different ones, is what the stadium had to offer.
The game was probably the most sparsely attended Major League game I’ve ever been to. Certainly the lateness of the season and the fact that they were mostly out of playoff contention contributed to that but I saw a Royals/Pirates game in Pittsburgh a few years ago, when neither of them stood a chance at making the playoffs, and it was sold out. I will say that the staff was still there in abundance. There were dedicated ushers in sections with barely any people in them.
A few more stray observations before I get to the photos:
- The park, much like Toronto on the whole, was very clean. It’s like people respect the city they live in. Crazy!
- I had amazing seats, that were also a really good deal, behind home plate. It seemed like there were plenty of good seats in the stadium too, with a large lower bowl that didn’t have any overhang covering it.
- I found it worth noting how round the stadium was. This was my first domed stadium experience, so maybe that contributes to how round it was. Roundness is not a pro or a con. Just a thing.
- There were relatively few ads, something most stadiums have an overabundance of. (I’m looking at you in particular, Citi Field, but really it’s like every ballpark.)
- I looked around for a bit but found nothing historic, which is strange since the Blue Jays aren’t that new of a team and have won a couple of World Series championships.
- There were a lot of giveaways for really cool prizes. Someone won a full tailored suit.
Now, on to the photos:
And that’s the Rogers Centre.
*This is the smallest “full-sized” pennant I own in my collection and it was impossible to find. I got it in one of the two dozen merchandising areas at the park.